Civil War era young woman in Marion, NY

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Click here to view the back.

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. UPDATE:  It looks like the town has a new town historian, so here is the new link:

2 comments on “Civil War era young woman in Marion, NY”

  1. The first young woman is from Marion, NY; the second woman is from Marion, Ohio. Not the same town. I would like to know if you have any information about the tiny 1 inch x 1.25 inch brass frames holding tiny photos that clip onto Carte de viste size cardboard cards that are placed in antique albums of the 1860s period?

    • Oh, how embarrassing! I must have been sleepy when I posted that. Thanks for catching my mistake. I’ve updated the post to delete the reference to the second photo. (And since it was outdated, I updated the link to the town historian.) To answer your question, no, I’m sorry I don’t have any information about those frames you’re describing. I’d love to know more if you find anything out.

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