John Peirson Minor, Jr. (1852-1922), Photograph by Thomas W. Rogers, 1888-1890. From the Minor Family Album, archives of the author.

This full portrait was taken by Carmichaels (Pennsylvania) photographer, Thomas W. Rogers. The back of the ivory cardstock is covered entirely by an ornate pattern of pale, overlapping circles with Mr. Roger’s business information in elaborate black typeset–a design popular from 1888-1900. The middle-aged man parts his pomaded hair on the side and sports a walrus mustache, two additional clues that the photo dates to the late 1880s. The man appears to be in his late thirties, and shares features with a young man identified in an 1874 photograph as John P. Minor, my great-grandfather’s eldest brother. I think it highly likely that this portrait is of John Pierson Minor (1852-1922).

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