Boy wearing a top hat, about 1858
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A collodion positive (ambrotype) of a very smartly dressed boy carrying a walking cane, taken by J. Hickling in about 1858. The boy wears a frock-suit, a more formal version of the morning-suit, and a top hat. This was considered the correct way for a man to dress formally during the day time. The collodion positive process (also commonly known as ambrotype) was popular during the 1850s and 1860s. An underexposed collodion negative on glass was backed with a black opaque coating to create a unique positive image.