I love this photograph, although I'm not sure why. Maybe it's this gentleman's tweed coat (because who in their right mind doesn't love tweed?!). That said, it might be the composition of this shot that makes it so enjoyable. There's something eerie about the location and this man's sharp profile against the dark background. Also, the shape of this drainpipe makes this image look unmistakably similar to a James Bond title card. I'm still waiting for this man in tweed to turn toward the camera and fire his pistol.
This harbinger of espionage intrigue comes to us from the collection of Fred Bodin, who was both a collector and photographer based in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A photojournalist, Fred spent much of his career working for Yankee Magazine. When Fred passed away in 2016, HIP purchased his collection of photographs and negatives from his estate. His collection happens to contain thousands of negatives that were taken by Fred's grandmother, Alice Curtis, who also lived in Gloucester. This photograph, taken around the turn of the century, may be one of hers, but we can't say for certain.