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Sixth Plate


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UP HIS NOSE! The tilted angle of the camera, placed close to the tiny lad, was certainly unusual. Most of the time children were taken from a higher angle because they were smaller than adults. And the kid was seated slightly right of center for his sealed sixth sized portrait. The blemish on his face was a mole. Funky tarnish is above his neatly combed hair inside the oval opening of that brass mat. It is impossible to know if he really had a golden pin on his slightly solarized shirt or was it purely an embellishment by the daguerreotypist. Daubs of red were added to his face and hands. When the plate is turned negative, several tiny horizontal marks, filled in with gold chloride, are visible on the bottom third of the likeness. The boy is held in a complete leather case.