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One can only imagine what this man is studying in the folded newspaper he holds—Latest news from the war front? A casualty list? An ad for the family business? His own byline? His attire, shirtsleeves and a light-colored vest with smooth brass buttons, adds to the mystery.

Sixth-plate tintype by an anonymous photographer. Paul Russinoff Collection.
Sixth-plate tintype by an anonymous photographer. Paul Russinoff Collection.

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