The Human Face

In honor of this week's Sepia Saturday, for those of you familiar with my ongoing series about my great-grandfather's adventures...

Newly discovered: the earliest known photograph of my great-grandfather David Blumenfeld. My guess is that this is taken sometime after 1902 when he opened his haberdashery shop (at the age of 37) in South St. Paul, Minnesota. Only then did he begin to "make a go of it" financially, where he might be tempted to have a portrait taken. I wonder if his lapel pin indicates that he is a Mason...  Anyway, a good-looking fellow whose demeanor belies the throes he'd been through so far.

Here's one of the last photos taken of him, which appeared in his obituary in 1956.


  1. Serious portraits, both of them.

  2. How lucky to have found it! How exciting.

  3. Is that another lapel pin on the latter photograph. In the first one, it is the only adornment - it must have been important.

  4. A man who liked to look smart.