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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Herbert E. French: 1920

Herbert E. French: 1920

"Unidentified man with hat." 1919 or 1920. View full size. National Photo Co. Update: This is none other than National Photo Company founder and proprietor Herbert E. French, who donated his entire inventory of glass and film negatives to the Library of Congress. Where someone should have their knuckles rapped!

 

Hello Mr. French

So now our mystery man has a name. Pleased to meet you H.E.F.

Eye eye eye

Is it just the angle, or are the lenses of two different strengths? His left eye is made to seem larger than the other.

And Dave, wasn't "Roseveldt" the code used in "Arsenic and Old Lace?" Oh, wait, that was "Crows-veldt."

Movie Star?

Hello Harry Potter!

X-Man

Sharp dressed fella - check out that collar bar, I've got one buried in my dresser somewhere.

The impetus for...

The "Breathe Right Nasal Strip"

About the hats

looking at the pictures from the past I have been struck by the thought, what ever happened to all of the hat manufacturing companies? I don't think they all converted to baseball caps.

Spectacular

These are rather heavy looking pince-nez glasses, as compared to T. Roseveldt's wire rims. Bearing glasses rather than today's lightweight plastics, they look like torture devices.

["Roseveldt"? - Dave]

Fashion model

A 1925 victim of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"?

T.R.

Looks like he obtained style tips from Teddy Roosevelt.

Somebody

It really doesn't appear to me that he thinks of himself as a nobody. Quite the opposite!

That face... those glasses... that pimpsuit!

By modern standards, there's a real disconnect between this gentleman's expression and choice of eyewear and the ridiculous over-the-top pimpitude of his clothes.

 
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