Alois Betz, ca. 1865

An undated and unlabeled tintype photograph of Alois Betz. We don’t know where or when this image was made. Of the identity there is little question, as an examination of the facial features in this picture and the 1890 picture taken when he was 63 years old will show. In terms of the date all we can do is guess. Our best guess is that he is in his mid-thirties in this photo, and so we date it to between 1862 and 1867. The later end of that range may be more probable because that would put him in Cleveland, but it’s not out of the question that the image was made in Johnstown.


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