"Born A Century Too Soon"

A reader writes:

Your recent posting of a gay vintage photo blog made me want to share this circa 1860 carte-de-visite from my collection with you.  It is the only photograph of a would-be transsexual I have ever discovered in 40 years of photo collecting:


The photograph was taken by O. Desmarais of Montreal, P.Q.  It photo depicts a young man posing with his sister and mother in a studio. A spidery hand has written the word "HOWARD" beneath his portrait.  The look of forbearance on the faces of his sister and mother is something to behold.  Born a century too soon.