Case with four tintypes

The frames and cases in which portraits made during the Civil War were set served not just to protect those images but to preserve couples and families as a symbolic unit when their members were far apart. The four photographs shown here were produced separately, but placing those portraits together, with links between the frames, kept those family members united in spirit, if not in reality.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1860s
Physical Description
metal (photographs material)
glass (frame glass material)
metal (frames material)
open: 7 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in x 19/32 in; 19.05 cm x 15.875 cm x 1.524 cm
closed: 3 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 1 in; 9.525 cm x 15.875 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
Civil War
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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