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Red-Faced Man, New Hampshire or Maine? Late 1860s? | by JFGryphon
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Red-Faced Man, New Hampshire or Maine? Late 1860s?

This overly-tinted gem photo is from Hester Ann Ellingwood Fifield (1820-1895)'s Photo Album.

"Potters Patent, March 7, 1865." Red-Faced Man, New Hampshire or Maine? Late 1860s?


"R.W. Potter of New York patented his picture card frame on March 7, 1865 and it is his patented card mount which is most commonly encountered amongst those with any patent markings printed on them.... The form of tintype (also referred to as ferrotype or sometimes melainotype) known as a 'gem'; is a small photographic image usually anywhere from 3/4" to 1" wide and 1¼" high made possible by the use of a multi-lens camera with repeating back which therefore could produce multiple exposures on a single photographic plate. In terms of quantity, the gem was the most prolifically produced form of photograph in the 1860s in America...." -- Marcel Safier, Brisbane, Australia via an Internet Search.


The back of the card is blank.


Gram Fifield, and her husband, Edward, were foster parents for my Great-grandmother Rose Ella Andrews after her father died in the Civil War and her mother died soon after. My maternal grandparents saw I was interested in old photos and gave me Gram Fifield's album in the 1960s.

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Taken circa 1867