Posted 6 years ago
I recently purchased this intriguing 1882 cabinet photograph of a gentleman in some kind of uniform posing with a substantial-looking set of binoculars. This photo measures a rather large 8 x 4 inches.
I initially assumed that it was maybe a train or trolley conductor, but I've seen at least 40 or 50 such photos and in EVERY single case there is some type of badge on the cap- usually reading "conductor".
Then I thought this might be of a ship's captain, but the other ones I've seen all have uniforms that look different than this, and none were photographed holding a professional-looking set of binoculars.
Perhaps a clue may be through the Photographer: a gentleman named Reiman, who had a studio in San Francisco in 1882. The following year he merged with another photographer and their logo was thereafter no longer "Reiman & Co.".
By the way, I love that it states on the back: "Photography by Electricity"!
In any event, I'd appreciate it if anyone out there in CollectorLand could help me to identify the profession of this man....
Thanks for looking!