In the previous post we were in Kolkata, West Bengal. This week we’re in the Carondelet neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. We’ve also traveled back in time another ten years. As you can see, it’s a little colder in St. Louis, but not too cold. A light jacket is all you need for winter sports!
The carte-de-visite above was made by a photographer named Tobias. The photo was probably taken in the 1860s in his studio on the corner of Main Street and St. Louis Street. Henry Tobias operated a studio nearby in the 1870s. I haven’t been able to confirm that it was the same man, but it probably was.
Tobias used a pen to darken one of the boy’s eyes, which was a common practice in the nineteenth century (usually both eyes were darkened or neither of them). I took the liberty of lightening the mark a tiny bit in the image above, but you may still notice it below.
The back of the photo has a simple inscription: For Mama.