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Unidentified photographer 
A young California woman holding a portrait of her loved one 
1850s-1860s 
  
Ambrotype, 1/6 plate 
Private collection of Jules Martino 
 
LL/46089 
  
This ambrotype is worthy of deeper examination. She is holding a photograph but what was her relationship with the person portrayed? Her belt is unusual as is the pocket watch around her waist. It was considered bad luck to wear the items of the departed and so we can only guess at the story behind this image. 
 

 
  
 
  
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