Men With Moustaches

Cabinet card by Cross Photo Studio, 256 1/2 Essex St., Salem, Massachusetts

Cabinet card by Ritz Portraits, 58 Temple Place, Boston

The first two cabinet cards in the Welsh Album depict men with moustaches, something of a craze with Victorian men. Apparently by the late 1800s a full beard was seen as old-fashioned, the younger generation preferring to wear a ‘tache instead.

There are several photographs in the album that point to a connection with North America. The upper portrait, taken by Andrew B Cross, probably dates to the 1880s. The lower portrait can be dated quite precisely; Ernest Ferdinand Ritz was a solo photographer from 1884 until the date of his death in 1890. More information can be found in the 1889 edition of Illustrated Boston.


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