Simple question really.
Are these two photographs of the same man ?
I know the photo on the right is my great great grandfather Ebenezer Bowman who was born on the 18th December 1821. A Quaker, he lived at One Ash Grange, Monyash, though by 1891 according to the Census Return and aged 70, he was living at The Common, Brimington, near Chesterfield.
The photograph on the left has been scanned from a negative photograph and then I was able to make it a positive. On the back of the photograph it says "Ebenezer Bowman when he was an old man ?". It's the question mark that throws some doubt on this being Ebenezer. It's in my writing as well.
What do you think ?
Added on the 29th March 2013 after 14 comments [including seven responses by me].
It occurred to me that the photo of the older Ebenezer [having been scanned from a negative] also needed to be reversed or flipped so as to show how he really looked. Here is that reversed image ...
This shows Ebenezer's parting on the right side of his head and usually a parting only works on one side doesn't it ? More importantly this shows not a cleft in his chin but a small scar. If you look at the younger photo it is more obvious. It is also just to the right of centre of his chin. Anyway, I tend to think I agree with everyone that this looks like the same man ... with perhaps 30 years or more between them.