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Posted 6 years ago

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During the daguerrian era photographers were known to "advertise" their studio in the actual photograph. I have seen marked columns, small signs and names in objects.

"Benham, Fort Wayne Ind." is painted on the column. I have found two Benhams-- Mrs. A.A. and B.H.. I am not sure which of these two took the photograph or if the two are somehow related.

With the advent of the carte de visite (CDV), most photographers simply marked the back of the image. For this reason, I would think that this is an early CDV.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking collector.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for commenting eye4-- I didn't notice the "odd hand" until you mentioned it.

    It could be a hand issue or he is just holding it in an odd manner. There was no remote snapping during this era.

  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I appreciate the thoughts-- the "odd hand" adds more interest in my opinion.

    It would be tough to ID this guy. There is no name on the back or family name associated with it.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    He is probably the photographer, but I don't have any reason to think this is a portrait of him.

    The column painting and other techniques were used during the daguerrian era by photographers to mark their product.

  5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    As I said in my write up, she could be the photographer as well.

  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    You AWAYS seem to catch interesting details that others miss (including ME and I pride myself on catching the details in antique images)!

    Pls feel free to comment on ANY of my items.

  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks tom and bratjdd.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks again bellin-- I appreciate the Holiday thoughts as well. We had a great holiday (my oldest daughter was home from GA Tech). I hope that your Thanksgiving was enjoyable as well!


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