A Sweet but Sad Post Mortem Tintype of a Small Girl

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.

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Uploaded on November 2, 2011