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Butler and Housekeeper, about 1860

Butler and Housekeeper, about 1860
4 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 32cm


A collodion positive (ambrotype) of a butler and a housekeeper, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1860. Both are smartly dressed. The butler, with his hands on his hips, wears a top hat and tie. The young housekeeper carries a parasol and wears a fetching striped outfit, presumably not her work clothes. 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.

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