Although this photo was taken more than 150 years ago, it still looks as fresh and energetic as it did the moment the camera shutter was deployed. Perhaps it's something about photos—in particular, good photos—that makes them timeless across the decades. The young man in this photo (taken around 1865) was (about) 25 years old. This means he was born around 1840. He'd be closing-in on 200 years old today. Yet, at least in this photo, he'll always be a young man. Handsome, somewhat confident, looking-forward (I presume) to his future despite the difficult time in America.
One will never know if this young man had a long or short life. Did he accomplish much or very little? Was he a good person or not? Was he US born or did he pack-up and move here from abroad? These are question which cannot be answered, at least not by me. But the photo intrigues me as I imagine this young person and his mysterious (interesting?) life. Click on the photo to learn more about it.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248