Early Photographc Portraits: Protective Cases--Identification

Figure 1.--The case has R. N. Kelly, Cor. 5th & Coates, Philad' (Philidelphia, Pennsylvania) pressed into the velvet padding. Click on the image to see the actual portrait.

One downside of these wonderful cased images is that the subjects are rarely identified. Unless they have remained in the family, the subjects are often unknown. There was no easy way of inscribing them on rge back as was the case for CDVs and cabinent cards. The owners cold put a little note in the case. A good example is a Daguerreotype of the the Noyas family. Unfortnately this did not happen often. And unlike CDVs and cabinent cards the photograopher's information was not inscribed oin a convenient mount. A few studios did manage to provide a record of their work. This was done in two ways. We note the photographer's name impressed in some metal frames. We also note the studio informtion pressed into the velvet cushion. Here we see an example from Philadelphia (figure 1). Neither was very common, but we do note examples of both.


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