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W.N. Hobbs (Exeter, New Hampshire)
Georgiana Lovering, 12 years old murdered
Collection of Brad Feuerhelm
Lovering was murdered by her uncle at the age of thirteen in the woods outside her home. Apparently her uncle used a trap to take her out to the secluded woods where he killed her. There is a popular broadside published from the time recounting the horrors of the story. She was murdered October 25th, 1872. This is a perfect example of how photographers used older family portraits to make composite souvenir Images that would be for sale. Victorian emphasis on the sentimental played a large part as to why these images were commercially viable. Today, to sell a postcard of a murder victim or some other paraphernalia would be considered somehow indecent.