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.

Date Made: ca 1860s

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Civil WarPortraits


See more items in: Work and Industry: Photographic History, Civil War, Photography


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.75.17.107Catalog Number: 75.17.107Accession Number: 322775

Object Name: photograph

Physical Description: metal (photographs material)glass (frame glass material)metal (frames material)Measurements: open: 7 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in x 19/32 in; 19.05 cm x 15.875 cm x 1.524 cmclosed: 3 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 1 in; 9.525 cm x 15.875 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_1417658

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