A cabinet card photograph from Troy

hughmccusker.jpgSo yesterday we said we didn’t know much about Hugh McCusker, dealer in carpets, oil cloths and more. But we did run across this cabinet card photo that captures the Troy merchant and his impressive beard. The photograph was taken by Zeph Magill, a photographer who worked in the Keenan Building at Third and Broadway late in the 19th century. I don’t have an easy way to date either McCusker or Magill, but a guess of 1880s or 1890s wouldn’t be far wrong.

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