Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Photo Number 1865

This is a Cabinet Card from Craig’s Collection.
Will Batdorf  Craigs
There is no photographers mark.  Possibly part of the card has been cut away.
Will Batdorf  Craigs back
Mr.  Will T. Batdorf
He has fairly long sideburns and a nicely trimmed moustache.  I am not certain if his tie is the style they call Octagon it was popular during the 1860’s.  The Octagon  had four tabs and somehow the tabs were covered up by a tie pin.  It might also be an Ascot…or perhaps he made his own fashion.
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William Till Batdorf
Birth 23 Dec 1856 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, USA 
Death 8 Apr 1937 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois


  1. It is hard to see the design on the tie pin - it looks sort of like a Thunderbird or totem pole. Perhaps it was a "secret society" pin.

    I found a Will T. Batdorf (b. 1884) living in Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois - working with his father and brother at the W L Batdorf and Co. feed mill. He doesn't seem "old enough" though. One would think a name like Batdorf would limit the field some... but it doesn't seem to!

  2. Well, he certainly tried to make a fashion statement with his fancy signature!

  3. Apparently, there are a lot of name-variations. I found the 'Bottdorff / Batdorf Family Website, official website of the Bottdorff Family Association'. I sent an email to Steve Bottdorf, the webmaster.

    Here is the link:

    I did not leave a post at the Bottdorff-Family-Association's facebook page, nor did I write into the guestbook.

  4. This is possibly William Till Batdorf, born 1854. The Bottorff Family Association would be pleased to add it to our archives.

    1. Steve, Please contact me by email and I will mail you the photograph. My email can be found in my profile off to the left, click near the yellow flower or on Far Side of Fifty.

  5. William Till Batdorf
    Birth 23 Dec 1856 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, USA
    Death 8 Apr 1937 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie