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Unidentified photographer 
Civil War Soldier 
1861-1865 
  
Tintype, full plate, hand-colored 
Cornell University Library 
 
LL/44760 
  
Curational comment from "Dawn's Early Light: The First 50 Years of American Photography", October 20, 2011 - May 4, 2012, Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University
 
This tintype portrait has a hand-painted background, seemingly transforming the portrait from a studio to a battlefield setting. Inexpensive, durable, and easily mailed home, tintypes were immensely popular with soldiers and their families. 
 

 
  
 
  
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