A Sweet but Sad Post Mortem Tintype of a Small Girl

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    At the Dagerreian Society trade show we purchased two tintypes and two ambrotypes.

    When we first saw this sixth plate post mortem tintype of a small girl in a half case at a photographic sales show I was struck by the poignant care with which she was posed and photographed. The perfect pleats of the little dress and the pillow under her head almost made me cry. We passed her by but, as we usually do, we made several circles of the dealers tables before we decided to buy anything. We came back to her every time and found we could not leave her behind. When I lifted her from the half case I discovered that there was an orange two cent revenue stamp on the back. This dates the photograph to 1864-66 and sets the price at 25¢ or less. I am posting a scan of the back showing the stamp which was used to raise revenue during the civil war.

    lisabee73, BeautyOfThePast, and 19 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. lisabee73 41 months ago | reply

      sad, but beautifully photographed.

    2. BeautyOfThePast 41 months ago | reply

      Agree with lisabee.

    3. -Snapatorium- [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

      You bought some beautiful images!

    4. Photo_History - Here but not Happy 41 months ago | reply

      Yes I think so too. Ironically we rarely buy daguerreotypes at the Daguerreian Society shows. Last year was an exception when we bought the post mortem nun. The daguerreotypes are fantastic and just looking at them is a highlight of our year but the prices of the ones we really want are so high. For the price of the four images we did buy we could have bought a nice but not spectacular daguerreotype. Actually when you factor in the five images we bought on the road for a total of $24 I think we got a lot of bang for our buck.

    5. -Snapatorium- [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

      You probably spent more on gas! Glad you got some great finds.

    6. Photo_History - Here but not Happy 41 months ago | reply

      Jack says "No we have a hybrid!"

    7. -Snapatorium- [deleted] 41 months ago | reply


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