DEFINITELY MA & PA! The quality of the two retaped sixth plates was amazing. Contrast and the reflected depth were simply at the pinnacle of what was possible in the daguerreian era. The woman wondered about the process while her life-long mate was resigned to sit in front of the camera (at the insistence of their children no doubt) and to pay the ?outrageous? tariff, which by the earlier 1850s when they were taken was probably about $1 for each portrait, plus the repaired case with two compartments insuring that they would always remain together. Both images have nice oxidation and any minor specks and flecks are meaningless.