Posted on 05/31/2013

Photo taken on December 30, 2010

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Four abandoned ancestors: IV. Old lady

Four abandoned ancestors: IV. Old lady
6th plate ambrotype
unidentified American photographer, ca. 1860
entry number: amb.2010.07

This is one of a group of four ambrotypes that I acquired in 2010, which have apparently belonged to one single unidentified family. The group comprises a young lady posing with her child, a young gentleman (most likely the lady`s husband) and two portraits of an aged woman, this being the older one.

There is a good chance that the two older ladies are one and the same person or, if not, close relatives. In any case, the ambrotypes were in use for more than a decade, enough to see such visible signs of aging.

All four ambrotypes lost their cases and protective devices long ago, if I am to judge from their appaling condition. They seem to have been affected by uncareful handling and moisture, rather than prolonged sunlight - so they may have spent much of their history forgotten in the attic. I`m intending to devise some sort of provisional archival housing for them, until I`ll manage to find some reasonable new cases.


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Christina Sonnenschein, Rescued by Rover, ReiRoWi have particularly liked this photo

The face of this woman, and her hands are fabulous ! and what a dress !!
4 years ago.
She did work with those hands, that's for sure.
4 years ago.