kind-old-man

This cabinet card portrait features an older gentleman with long grey hair and and grey mustache and beard. His hair is unusually long. He is handsome and has a very kind face. The gentleman has piercing eyes. He is formally dressed. This studio photograph was taken at the Essery studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. Robert W. Essery (1845-1886) was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He operated studios in St. Paul between at least 1873 and 1885. His business was located at the 211 East Seventh St address seen on the front of this photograph between 1883 and 1885. At one point his studio was known as Sun Beam Gallery (partnered with Charles W. Stiff). After Essery's death, his wife Ida ran the Essery Photograph Gallery.