A BEARDED GENTLEMAN IN GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

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This cabinet card portrait features a bearded gentleman posing at the Dunklee and Bau studio in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The man has a long wiry beard and an intense expression. Advertising on the reverse of the cabinet card states that the Dunklee & Bau studio had won medals at a 1890 Greenfield exhibition. Charles Dunklee was born in Rockingham, Vermont in 1842. He served four years in Company I of the 4th Vermont Infantry during the civil war. He entered as a private and was mustered out as a private. He was the Vice President of his regiments veteran group according to an 1887 news article. In 1865 he married May C. Billings and they were married 54 years until her death. Dunklee’s 90th birthday was marked in the Lewiston Daily Sun (1932). The article notes that he had photographic studios in Greenfield and Northfield, Mass. as well as Brattleboro, Vermont. This cabinet card was produced by Dunklee while in partnership with Charles Bau. The Bulletin of Photography (1914) notes that Bau had sold his studio in Brattleboro, Vermont in order to return to Greenfield to open a new photographic gallery. The article points out that Bau had left Greenfield just twelve years before. The aforementioned history tells us that this photograph was taken after 1890 and before 1902.

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  1. I’m so glad that “bearding” and other kinds of “lambchops” with elaborate mustacheos were the style of these years, and so many eras before.- They lent so much individuality to men.

  2. I’m a little confused (well, it’s New Years Day) but should that be 50th birthday? (b. 1842). Funny, 3 days is about as far as I could ever go without looking for a razor … I’d have been in n trouble back then. Nice pertaait.

    • Thank you for catching my error. It may have been typographical mistake but most likely I just couldn’t read my own writing. I think I was absent the day that they taught us how to hold a pencil and I have been suffering the consequences ever since then. I corrected the text. Thanks for making me aware of the error and happy new year.


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