Musician with Tanjore tambura

This 19th-century photograph was printed on very thin paper and glued to a stiffer paper mount.  At some point the mount was trimmed to the dimensions of a postcard, possibly so that it would fit into an album.  The back is blank.  I bought it from a dealer in Suffolk, England, who couldn't tell me... Continue Reading →

Bedtime

"Now I lay me down to sleep" Stereoviews often portrayed scenes of domestic life, with people in costumes and staged settings.  Such narrative scenes were generally meant to entertain or amuse.  Some, especially the ones with children, were designed to touch a sentimental chord in the viewer.  The subject of children saying bedtime prayers was... Continue Reading →

Young nun in Bourgogne

This ethereal CDV portrait was made by A. Brossut of Digoin, Bourgogne (Burgundy).  The young woman isn't identified.  I found a few references online to "A. Brossut, éditeur," but no other information about the photographer.  

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