Leonard Hineman

Thanks to some of our very intelligent and well-informed readers, I can now answer that question about what Leonard is holding in his hand! It's a head rest! 

These were used by early photographers to help the subject hold his or her head still during the relatively long exposure time as the photograph was being made. 

Thanks to everyone who wrote to me about this and also about what Mollie Hineman holds in her hands (a head rest and a shirt collar iron). I will add a link to some wonderful illustrations of early photographers' head rests, provided the owner of the website gives me permission to link to his or her page.  Stay tuned...

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