DAGUERREOTYPE PHOTO PORTRAITS
Chances are you've seen stacks of these
old photographs, mostly portraits,
in antique shops across the country.
These were very popular
in most major cities, as the
first commercial photo process,
in the 1840s and 1850s.
Studios would need you to sit
very still for a lengthy exposure,
and you could leave with small
postcard prints to share with
your loved one or family.
At the start of the Civil War
it was common to take a picture
of the soldier's loved one into battle,
or as a birthday gift.
The ladies would love to show off
their latest fashions.
(Happy Friday The 13th.)