Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Little Philly Waldeck

A recent acquisition.

(Click on image to enlarge)

The photographer was A.O. Merrill of Hobart. As you can see, someone has written in "Phil." Handwritten notes on the back specify: "Cousin Phillip Waldeck." I see no reason to doubt the identification; you can already see a resemblance to his high-school portrait, and since Phillip was born in 1896, he looks about the right age here to have been photographed by A.O. Merrill, whose Hobart career ended in late 1902.

Phillip Waldeck's mother was a Maybaum, so he had plenty of cousins on that side. I don't know about his father's side.

This portrait is all the more touching because we know that Phillip's life would be cut short.

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