Cyanotype of a man wearing a hotel porter badge

Image for Cyanotype of a man wearing a hotel porter badge
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Medium
Prussian blue on photographic paper and paper (fiber product)
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 6 5/8 × 4 5/8 in. (16.8 × 11.7 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 7 1/8 × 6 5/8 in. (18.1 × 16.8 cm)
H x W (Matboard): 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Type
cyanotypes
portraits
Place depicted
Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
1885-1899
Description
This cyanotype depicts a blue-tinted image of a man wearing a hotel porter badge. The man is seated in front of a window or doorframe and is wearing a three-piece suit, with a pocket square and puff tie. A metal badge reading [HOTEL / PALOMARES / PORTER] is fastened to the center of his vest. He is holding a large book in his left hand. The book's spine is partially obscured from view but the visible letters spell [RIACHS / OPHET]. His right hand is resting on his right thigh and his gaze is diverted to the right. A wooden bureau partially visible on the left. The cyanotype is adhered to a matboard. There are no inscriptions on the print or the mat, front or back.
Topic
African American
Labor
Men
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Julia J. Norrell
Object number
2016.181.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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