A gent sits with his legs crossed and holds a book, perhaps an indication that he has an interest in literature, or may be an educator or publisher. The approximate date of this image (circa 1862-1864), and his relative youth (military age) increase the chances that he (and maybe his dog) served in the Civil War. This photograph was taken in the studio of G.J. Wood of Syracuse, N.Y., and is new to my collection.
When it comes to Civil War era images of dogs and humans, you’ll find our canine friends almost always posed with boys, men and soldiers. Here is a rarity: A girl and presumably her faithful friend. The girl pictured here, with curled hair and dressed in a light colored frock, stands poses with a most attentive dog. The dog is in sharp focus, and kudos to photographer Israel Francis Irving Alger (1828-after 1900) for managing to keep her four-legged friend still. The large photographer’s back mark of the reverse of the mount dates this carte de visite to the late 1860s. This image was recently added to my collection.
This carte de visite by J.H. Crawford of Dixon, Ill., depicts a gentleman demonstrating the art of obedience with his dog in the photographer’s studio. A two-cent stamp on the back of the image is hand-cancelled with “G.H.K. 1866.” The presence of this stamp, levied by the federal government to help pay for the Civil War, was used on photographs between September 1864 and September 1866.
The subject of this carte de visite by J.H. Crittenden of Fall River, Massachusetts, is an earnest boy who sits cross-legged on the floor of the photographer’s studio. His left arm is draped across the shoulders of a big dog with his head turned in a submissive manner towards his young master. A collar is just visible about the dog’s neck.