Best dressed orchestra
21 December 2009
Posted by Mike Brubaker
The photograph is a large format studio shot that is in good but faded condition. Like most of the photos in my collection, I restore the image and try to recreate the original sepia tones. The original photographer did some retouching as well, and with a pen or pencil made a few highlights on faces to add definition.
It's possible they might be related. I can see some similarities between the younger violinist and the piccolo player with the older men standing. And the older men all have features that suggest a connection too, but that could be because they all went to the same barber. Note the high button shoes. These guys really demonstrate the dapper qualities of men's fashion in the late 19th century. I wonder was this standard dress for a performance or just for the occasion of the photograph?