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FLOWERFUL YET SORROWFUL

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I do wonder why this girl seems so sad. I can imagine that the daguerreotypist asked her to take a few flowers from the basket to try and help calm her nerves. This could very well be the first time she had her picture taken. Back then it was not common to have more than one or two photos of yourself, if at all. This sixth plate was taken by Isaac Rehn in about 1852 as the pad is embossed  Rehn’s National Gallery 267 N. Second St. & Callowhill Phila. He operated at that address starting in 1852. Some reading this may note that this mat is typically considered  used pre 1850, but over the years we have noticed that Philadelphia makers tended to use earlier parts a bit later than most areas of the country.  Also, not using preservers was common into the 1850s, as seen here.

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