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.

Date Made: 1860s

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Shippensburg

Subject: Civil War


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: 1985.0736.41.07Catalog Number: 1985.0736.41.07Accession Number: 1985.0736

Object Name: carte-de-visite

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 2 13/32 in; 10.16 cm x 6.096 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-b98a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1434791

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