This CDV (carte-de-visite) came from an antique shop in Massachusetts. CDVs began to decline in popularity in the 1870s with the advent of larger cabinet cards, but the format remained in use until about 1900. The albumen print process was used initially for both formats.
I think this might be Thomas J. Armstrong (a very young version). Very cool image!
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That’s really interesting. I looked for other images of him online and only found one, probably an engraving based on a photograph, and it does look a lot like this one. For someone who was in the public eye so much, I’m really surprised there aren’t more pictures of him online.
I figured you must be a banjo player, so I Googled you and found your website. Very cool! You might be interested to hear that I bought this photo at the Hobart Village Mall in West Townsend. I live in southeast Vermont, near Bellows Falls. Thanks so much for your comment!