I found this photo box at my favorite roadside antique stop.
I find it so interesting.
Who was she?
Who carried her face around in this tiny box?
Perhaps her husband, a Civil War soldier?
Many soldiers carried these tiny boxes with pictures of their loved ones.
These are called union cases, named so not because of any reference to the Union,
but rather in regard to the union of materials used to create them.
Sawdust and varnish were typically used and referred to
as thermoplastic- melted down and then formed in dies.
They were commonly used from the mid 1850's thru the mid 1870's.
The inside is lined with a faded velvet from long ago, as they all were.
There are some elements missing from this one as you can see from the photo below.
(photo from ebay)
The only clue is this photographers stamp.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find much information other than
a few other photos taken around 1861.
These cases typically contained "dags" or Daguerreotype,
Ambrotype,Tintype or CdV images.
I am pretty sure that this photo is a Carte de Visite, or CdV.
Any experts out there?
Clue me in...I'm very interested!
She was so sad that I gave her a little makeover,
but even coral lipstick can't turn her frown upside down.
All these sourpuss photos amuse me.
Although in her defense, there was little to smile about during that time.
Can you imagine the laughter years from now when all the
"duck face" selfies come to light?
Or maybe they'll be concerned that there was an epidemic of some sort
that caused our faces to contort in such a way.
Thanks tons, Kimmy.
Anyway, this was a fun little discovery and I loved the history of the piece.
I might want a few more.
I definitely want the books on the subject.
Giveaway prize photos are up in a few days.