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This photography is of a young woman with the classic hair of the period just before the American Civil War. The hairstyles were simple as times were difficult and women chose an appearance that was both safe and functional. There was work to be done, and no time for frivolous activities. There might be a few parties and social events, but for the purpose of a photograph that was destined to grace the mantlepiece in a moral and God-fearing home, it was best to represent oneself as upright and educated. She has chosen to wear her best jewelry and her loved ones have shown her the respect of colorizing the black and white daguerreotype, to give it just a hint of life. 15hqqy.











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