c.1855: Woman taking snuff


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5 Responses

  1. Frederic

    Are we certain that’s a period image? There’s a lot of playing around in (later) ferrotypes, but this appears to be a daguerrotype – not only earlier and more expensive, but requiring a long exposure – and thus a held position. They were typically treated much more seriously. There are contemporary (now) daguerrotypists, and I’m suspicious that this might be a new image.

  2. L

    This a medical Ambrotype and is most certainly authentic. Tobacco was considered therapeutic for many centuries. You can read more about this image in A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive & Collection 1843-1939.


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