A gentle looking man with a bushy underbeard and sparkling eyes poses for his portrait at the Rothwell studio in Washington, Pennsylvania. This fellow’s wonderful beard qualifies him for Cabinet Card Gallery’s category “Beards (Only the Best). Click on the category to view portraits of men with exceptionally interesting beards. It is uncertain which of the Rothwell brothers is the photographer of this cabinet card. J. Wesley Rothwell is listed by Langdonroad.com as operating as a photographer in Washington, Pennsylvania between 1900 and 1915. The 1880 US census reveals that J. W. Rothwell was born in Pennsylvania in 1838. He married his wife, Nancy J. Rothwell in 1871. His occupation at the time of the census was listed as “artist”. He lived with his wife and brother, Newton. Newton’s occupation was listed as “photographer”. J. W. was 42 years old, his wife was 43, and Newton was 29 years old. The 1900 census finds J. W. living with his wife in Washington and working as a photographer. There is no mention of Newton Rothwell. The 1910 census reveals that Nancy had become a widow upon J. W.’s death sometime in the previous ten years. Note that Langdonroad’s claim that J. W. worked as a photographer through 1915 is incorrect unless we adopt a new meaning to the phrase “working stiff”.
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