Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past



Next in the Leather CdV Album is an earlier 1860s photograph of a woman in early middle age. The image is rather typical of the time: smallish image of just the face and neck centered on the mount. The back of the card reveals a tax stamp, which dates the photo to between August 1864 to August 1866. The tax stamp was a means of collecting revenue to pay for the costs associated with the American Civil War. In this case, the photographer had some sort of rubber stamp for the cancellation of the tax stamp. The photographer was Israel & Co of Baltimore, MD.

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