Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Mounted Tin Types 10 W

If only she could have smiled

Here is a second beautiful tintype made by C. L. Lovejoy in Philadelphia, PA. Lovejoy’s materials claimed the subject would be “Finished in Fifteen Minutes” a claim that modern photographers can hardly make even with digital processing. This particular image features the lovely embossed edging around the oval opening, showcasing the image preserved for our perusal some 150 years later. The corners of the card were again clipped, suggesting the card had squared corners, a more 1860’s trait.

The subject appears to have on small earrings and a ribbon choker. Her collar was a folded over affair made of lace, and she has a large bow tied at her throat. She may also have an oval brooch in the center of the bow. While her countenance does not appear to be anything other than ordinary, Lovejoy managed to add a bit of blush tinting to her cheeks, making her look a bit more welcoming than an untouched photo might imply.


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