Yourself or those you know.
The illustration is from a song published in 1868. "The Gay Young Clerk in the Dry Goods Store."
(Yes, we know gay didn't me gay gay back then. Or, did it?....)
O listen now and I'll sing a song, How are you ladies, Howdy;
I'll slug it all, for it wont take long, Ah! ladies haha!
It's about a chap, perhaps you know,
I'm told he is "Nobody's beau"
But maybe you all knew that before,
He's a lively clerk in a Dry-Goods Store
Augustus Dolphus is his name,
from Skiddy-ma-dink they say he came,
He's a handsome man and he's proud and poor,
This gay young clerk in the Dry-Good Store