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A Family in Mourning, Tintype, Circa 1870 | by lisby1
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A Family in Mourning, Tintype, Circa 1870

This family group mourning image is interesting in several ways. First the daughter, who stands in such a painterly pose with her hand on her father's shoulder, is dressed in the fashions of young women for around 1870, while her mother is dressed very much as if it still 1864, which makes me wonder if these mourning clothes were made at that time and are being "recycled" for this death. The mother wears a mourning brooch pinned at her throat. Her daughter wears a strand of black beads of either glass or jet. The high waist of the younger woman's dress also appears to indicate she is pregnant. The parents look away from the camera, terribly saddened, while the daughter's straight forward gaze and sure expression seems to state "We will survive this." I wonder if they were mourning the loss of a son or daughter/brother or sister?

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Taken on June 9, 2012