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The year is 1854. Topper returns in this wonderful daguerreotype photo. This gent must be wearing what was considered “GQ” in his day. And just moments later, he paid the photographer, walked through the front door of his establishment – and out into a world of horse-drawn carriages, gas lamps, and more fellows in top hats.

The Republican Party was founded in America this year – and it’s easy to imagine them adjourning the meeting and declaring a 30-day recess.

The Boston Public Library opened on March 20, 1854. The Crimean War began a week later, as the United Kingdom and France declared war on Russia. In London, a cholera epidemic killed 10,000 citizens. The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis graduated its first class, and the American composer and music conductor, John Philip Souza was born.

So, life went on just as it does 160 years later – the best of times and the worst of times, as Charles Dickens would say.

1854 - Man with Top Hat (O)

1854 - Topper Returns

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos. Remember . . . your ancestors are counting on YOU!


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