Civil War era young woman in Washington, PA

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What it is:

Carte de Visite [CDV] measuring 2.5 x 4 inches.

 

What I know about it:

Photographer is J. S. Young of Washington, Pennsylvania.  The presence of a revenue stamp on the back narrows the date range to 1864-1866.

 

Comments:

At first I thought she didn’t look very happy, that she looked rather weary and resigned.  But looking at the enlargement, I noticed a quiet glow of pleasure in her face.  I also noticed that a lot of work went into the bodice of her dress.  By the way, the 2-cent revenue stamp means this photo cost 25 cents or less.

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