Greetings, Dear Readers:
Meet John H. Craik, first postmaster in Edina. One day I will tell you all about his job, but today I will be completely frivolous and concentrate on his looks. Isn't he handsome?
I think he would be a good candidate for "My Daguerreotype Boyfriend." Not MY Daguerreotype Boyfriend, mind you. I am happily married, perhaps not coincidentally to a man with (much, much shorter) facial hair.
Instead, I'm talking about the blog featuring "a collection of splendid looking young chaps from the days of yore. My Daguerreotype Boyfriend brings you black-and-white public domain photographs of cute boys from way back when - many of whom are well known," as BuzzFeed so accurately describes it. Handsome men of history include Charlie Chaplin, Teddy Roosevelt and Jim Thorpe as well as Civil War soldiers, cowboys, pilots and the like.
I think Edina has grown some handsome fellas over the years, but I don't think I'll post additional photos for your viewing pleasure. Admiring long-dead celebrities is one thing, but pointing out the fine looks of a hometown hottie, even from the 1880s, seems... well, a little weird.
On the other hand, John Craik's great (or was it great-great?) granddaughter didn't mind at all when I pointed out that our first postmaster was good lookin.' She readily agreed. So I felt I could use this picture as a perfect local example of "My Daguerreotype Boyfriend."
We will return to our regularly scheduled non-frivolous programming tomorrow. Look for a "cool" photo of the Edina Theater in the next installment of "Photo Friday."
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