The Civil War veteran above wears the cap of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)â€”the largest Union veterans’ organizationâ€”founded in 1866. The number on his cap signals that his post was 139, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
This prize-winning amateur photograph from the 1935 Newspaper National Snapshot Awards was taken by Mrs. Nathan Klein of Wyoming, Pennsylvania. The note on the back reads: “Old soldier talking to bootblacks.”
Source : Picture Archive: American Soldiers, National Geographic.
via: Anthony DeCrescenzo.