Posted 5 years ago
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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