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Tintype of Odd Man Wearing Top Hat and Displaying Initials

Here is a very recent find that really has me perplexed. This gentleman is posed with initials that appear to have been cut out in reverse so that they appear correctly in the final image (tintypes are reversed). Note how the initials are secured by a button on his coat. His clothes are ragged, yet he seems to project a sense of confidence and dignity. Another odd twist to this photograph are the multiple scarves around his neck. Is he hiding something or is he simply trying to be fashionable? This image was found cased, no information about the sitter. Any ideas about the significance of the initials? I was really excited to find this one.

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Taken on November 14, 2010