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Photo taken on December 12, 2012

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Tauffer Gyula
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albumen print
Endes Kálmán

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Portrait of Endes Kálmán, by Tauffer Gyula (Kolozsvár)

Portrait of Endes Kálmán, by Tauffer Gyula (Kolozsvár)
Albumen print on cardboard, carte de visite
Tauffer Gyula, Kolozsvár (Cluj / Klausenburg), ca. 1870-5
entry number: cdv.2012.02
Purchased from a Serbian dealer.

Tauffer seems to have been using a very similar cardboard design from the late 1860s down to 1875, but this stock uses a slightly tighter font on the verso than the one on very 1860-ish photos in the collections of the Flickr users ggaabboo, Andrei George and Molnár Atilla (see link below). However, the card design, the carpet and the neorococo desk match a carte de visite from Dömötör Zoltán`s collection, dated 1870.

As for the identity of the sitter, identified as Endes Kálmán on the verso, I have found two likely candidates:

(1) a landowner and notary based in Torda / Turda, member of the EMKE (Erdélyi Magyar Közművelődési Egyesület, the Hungarian Cultural Society of Transylvania). Apparently, he was alive in 1912, but I don`t know anything about his age. See
- (p. 196)
- (p. 21)
- (p. XXVIII)
- (p. 193).

(2) Endes Kálmán of Csíkszentsimon (1849-1895), father of the lawyer and historian Dr. Endes Miklós (1872-1945) - see Pál-Antal Sándor`s biography of the latter. This Endes Kálmán was born in 1849, so he would have been in his early twenties at the time this photo was taken - and the image apparently suits his age. If this is our sitter, then he is about to meet on Flickr his future daughter in law, Endes Miklósné Sándor Rozi, identified in a photo in Miklós` collection.


View this photo on Flickr.

See also the Flickr index of Austro-Hungarian photographers entry on Tauffer Gyula.