Portrait of a Family

The excitement of having one's portrait taken and the desire to share portraits with friends and family acquired new meaning and urgency with the onset of the Civil War. The pride many men in uniform felt when they visited a photographer's studio mingled with the somber thought that the photograph might be the last image their loved ones would have to remember them by. Soldiers also held portraits of their loved ones close when they headed off for battle.
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date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 2 13/32 in; 10.16 cm x 6.096 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Shippensburg
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Civil War
Civil War
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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