c.1855: Woman taking snuff Chris September 12, 2012 1800-1899, People 5 CommentsFavourited 1851 times Add to favourites - 5 Responses Frederic September 12, 2012 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. Reply L September 13, 2012 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. Reply sen September 13, 2012 But she seems to enjoy it. Reply Zoe September 29, 2012 Are we sure this is a woman, and not a man in drag? Reply Emisa Rista February 6, 2013 She’s adorable. ReplyReport user Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.