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What it is:
Carte de visite (CDV) measuring 2.5 x 4 inches.
What I know about it:
Photographer is D. N. Parks of Marion, New York. The presence of the revenue stamp narrows the date range to 1864-1866. (The 2-cent cost of the stamp means the photo had a retail cost of 25 cents or less.)
I like her sturdy pose. She looks ready for anything. I looked up Marion, New York. It’s a small town east of Rochester. It has only about 4,000 people today, so I imagine it was rather small back in the 1860s (when it would have been about 40 years old). If the town’s website is any indication, it’s a charming place. Be sure to click here for an introduction to Carolyn, the town historian. The page provides links to a few vintage photos of the town, as well as Carolyn’s personal collection of recipes. Incidentally, here is another photo I posted of a woman from Marion, though it’s a more recent image, and I have no indication that they are connected beyond the coincidence of their shared town.