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    Posted 5 years ago

    scottvez
    (906 items)

    This is a ninth plate ruby ambrotype and tells a powerful story.

    It was very typical in the early photographic era to use images of the departed in mourning/ memorial poses.

    I have many in my collection and several posted on CW, but this is the first case where the subject holds TWO images.

    Clearly the one in the frame is a man (Father, would be a logical thought). The other image is not as clear but shows more hair (Mother, would be another logical thought).

    While it cannot be proven, the two images displayed in this memorial manner would suggest that the photographer has captured a newly orphaned child.

    The child's somewhat somber face reinforces the overall sad mood of the image.

    Purchased at the Gettysburg Civil War Show in October-- a great show, if you have the opportunity to attend!

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    Comments

    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      i bet this was used for adoption purposes. very sad photo.
    2. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking cultcha. I doubt this was adoption related-- probably just something for the family.

      scott
    3. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Wonderful photo. Poor babe.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking racer.

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks official, vetraio and buss!

      scott
    6. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      powerful story
    7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking and commenting kiva!

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks rick and david.

      scott
    9. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Amazing subject matter...
    10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks trunk-- appreciate you looking and commenting!

      scott
    11. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 5 years ago
      Hello Scott,could you take a look at this ribbon for me?
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/175335-eagles-ribbon?in=activity
    12. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Merry Christmas, scottvez....:-)
    13. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks much peggy!

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks roycroft and aura!

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking tom.

      scott
    16. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-2k7hKvaW0
    17. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Hi Scott, would like your advice on this one, PM or not
      :-)
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/177717-post-mortem-photo?in=activity
    18. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Such a sad and beautiful image. Thanks for sharing and your research. Watching Mercy Street on PBS.org that is filmed around VA. I recognized some Petersburg neighborhoods. Great attention to costumes and sets. Have you watched it?
    19. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks valentino. I haven't watched Mercy Street, but have heard some great things about it.

      scott
    20. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks anna.

      scott
    21. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks much for looking spiritbear!

      scott
    22. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks again, ginger.

      scott
    23. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks bruce!

      scott
    24. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks martika and tom.

      scott

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