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Posted on 05/31/2013


Photo taken on May 18, 2010


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Tintype of an odd-looking American couple, late 1860s - early 1870s: detail

Tintype of an odd-looking American couple, late 1860s - early 1870s: detail
American tintype (presumably 6th plate), cropped and glued on a CDV-size paper mat
photographer unknown (possibly Ohio), late 1860s (post 1868) - early 1870s

On the paper mat, "Patented Mar. 7. 65. Sept. 22. 68."

The restrained posing style of this couple leaves the nature of their relationship rather ambiguous: close relatives, brother and sister, husband and wife?. The woman`s dress exhibits the military patterns fashionable during and immediately after the Civil War. The scarcity of the scenery suggests a travelling photographer (as was often the case with tintypes). Purchased from a dealer in Ohio and purportedly coming from an Ohio estate.

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Serge Prokhorov
Serge Prokhorov
Excuse me, but is alive the man who is in the photo? At that time similar scenes with the dead were all the rage
4 years ago.
skiagraphia has replied to Serge Prokhorov
Ha, good one! Post mortem photos were indeed fairly common back then, but not as common as some collectors (and sellers) would like it now. ;-) The man had light-coloured eyes which look a bit eerie in the photo, I suppose, but there`s nothing else to suggest a post mortem. His body is well balanced, the lady doesn`t wear mourning clothes etc.
4 years ago.