This America Daguerreotype unfortunately has no information assocoated with it. I had to take it out of the case to scan it. We assume it was taken in the 1850s. The boy has an unusual diagonal part. His hair falls down to his ears. I'm not entirely sure hoe to describe his clothes. He has a white collar a little larger than many we have seen at mid-century. He wars neckwear tied with a very small now and the two ends hang down. This is another style I have not commonly seen. He wears a colored garment over his white shirt. I'm not sure what it was called, but the sleeves fall short od the wrist cuffs. It does not seemn ti be a jacket. I'm not sure about the color. It is not clear what type of pants he is wearing. The boy is holding his hands in an unusual position. I supose this was to hold them steady.
A reader writes, "This dag seems a little unusual. Most dags I have seen have a darker background and looked darker. In addition dag images are usually very sharp. Perhaps it is the scan." Interesting comment. Most dags do indeed seem to be room scenes, often with chairs and tables. The clarity here may be the result of the enlargement. The actual image was much smaller.
A reader writes, "The boy is indeed holding his hands in a strange position. It is as if there is something he is concealing. It also reminds me of how children hold themselves when they have tummy pain. A strange photograph indeed."
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