If I could ask this handsome couple one question, it wouldn’t be, “Why does it look like you’re in North Africa?” No, it would be, “What is your relationship to each other?” My first assumption was that they were sister and brother, based on the way they’re posed in the studio. Then I noticed she was wearing a wedding ring. Well, they could still be sister and brother. Or, they could be a couple who just had an argument … because they’re lost in the desert.
She appears to be wearing a locket:
I think he wins the sartorial prize, though, for his polka-dotted bow tie:
The cabinet card was made in Topeka, Kansas, at the studio of James H. Leonard and H.T. Martin. According to an interesting blog about Kansas history, the partnership lasted from 1874 until about 1887.
So, what do you think? Are they siblings or are they a couple?