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William W(albridge) Curry, Saginaw, Michigan
Tintype, 1/6 plate - slightly larger
J. Cosmas Vintage Photography
Written beneath it in pencil in the album it came in, and also etched on the back of the plate is; "William W(albridge) Curry". Saginaw, Michigan records show that he was born in Ontario, but lived his entire life (1853-1932) in that city. Technically this is not an "occupational", as he's not posing with the classic lumberjack tools such as an axe or peavey. However, there's no doubt that his hat, suspenders, shirt, heavy boots and, above all, the red sash of the "voyageur" appropriated by the lumberjacks, mark him as one. As this was the era of the great Michigan logging boom, many young men would spend a season or two in the woods. It looks as if the moulding of the "wall" behind him doesn't meet the carpet. Perhaps this photo was taken by an itinerant photographer traveling from one logging camp to another?