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Posted on 06/13/2013


Photo taken on August 18, 2010


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portrait
Berlad
Bârlad
M. Wandelmann
memorial portrait
Ulieriu-Rostás collection
early photography
CDV
carte de visite
Moldavia
Romania
albumen print
photograph
vintage
antique
Slănic-Moldova


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Memorial portrait of a young girl with a photograph of a deceased man, Bârlad/Slănic: verso

Memorial portrait of a young girl with a photograph of a deceased man, Bârlad/Slănic: verso
albumen print on cardboard, carte de visite
M. Wandelmann, Berlad-Slânic (Bârlad / Slănic-Moldova, Romania)
ca. 1880

A visibly sad girl poses with the memorial portrait of a man, possibly her recently passed-away father. The mourning apparatus almost overwhelms the scene: besides the usual dark clothes, she wears a small mourning bracelet at her wrist and a mourning brooch, apparently with a second cameo photograph of the departed one. An interesting document that shows to what extent photography created by the late XIXth century a common visual language above the very different local mourning traditions.

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