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[Portrait of a man in costume]

Item is an unmounted portrait of a man standing against a studio backdrop of a castle in the mountains with a lake and flowers in foreground. He right arm is held behind his back, the left one hangs at his side. His feet are apart, and he wears dark slippers with dark leotards. His shirt hangs down to mid-thigh, and is fringed around the bottom and at the sleeves. It has a pattern of leaves on it. He is blond, and his cheeks are tinted pink. He stands still with the aid of a body stand. Top and bottom left corners angled off.

[Portrait of a man in fedora]

Item has a cream card-frame with green details of ivy around square opening. Edges of card mount are rounded out, like bubbles. Tintype is a portrait of a man standing on a sidewalk outdoors. He wears a suit jacket, vest and tie with high white collar and fedora hat. There are people in the background, walking on the sidewalk, and what looks like a car parked beside him. You cannot make out any details in his face. He wears something on his lapel, maybe a handkerchief in his breast pocket. Image dated in the 1930s due to the popularity of the fedora in this decade.

[Portrait of a man in purple tie]

Item is a cream coloured card with photograph of a man wearing a suit with hand-coloured purple tie. On verso, design in gold ink for the Notman Studio: "W. NOTMAN" with the Royal Crest at the centre and a ribbon wrapping that which reads "PHOTOGRAPHER TO/ HER MAJESTY" followed by the locations of studios in "MONTREAL/ OTTAWA/ TORONTO/ & HALIFAX". At four corners of the design are images of medals, which read clockwise from top left, "LONDON" "1862/ LONDINE/ HONORIS/ CAUSA/ 1862" "1867" and "NAPOLEON III EMPEROR/ PARIS".

Notman, William

[Portrait of a man]

Item is a brown hinged case with daguerreotype inside, held in with a brass mat, cover glass and brass preserver. Opens with metal clasps. Inside cover is a soft red velvet cushion with detail of flowers. Red cloth frames image side too. Image is of a man looking directly at camera. He has long sideburns that come down to under his chin, and hair in a high wave off his forehead, similar to the hairstyles of the 1840s. His cheeks are tinted pink. He wears a checked suit with matching vest.

[Portrait of a man]

Item is a hinged black case with ambrotype inside. However, hinge is now gone and both front and back covers are loose. Held close with two metal clasps. Inside front cover has a red velvet soft cushion with some leaf details. Gold details outside edges of black case. Brass matt and brass preserver around ambrotype, but no cover glass. Image is a portrait of a man facing camera. Beards grows along side and under chin, with hair long and parted on the side. Cheeks are tinted pink.

[Portrait of a man]

Item is a black cased ambrotype. Closes with one metal clasp. Inside cover has a gold velvet soft cushion. Image side has brass matt and brass preserver with cover glass. Brass matt inscription on recto "Ambrotype July 4 & 11 185-,". Ambrotype is an image of a man, seated, wears a dark suit with vest and checked bow tie. Has a beard that grows down sides of face to under chin. Cheeks tinted pink.

[Portrait of a man]

Item is an ambrotype photograph in a velvet-lined thermoplastic union case, showing a male sitter in front of a studio backdrop. The case was intended for use with 1/4 plate daguerreotypes, as indicated by the manufacturer's stamp on the inside back cover beneath the ambrotype plate: "Littlefield, Parsons & Co.,/ MANUFACTURERS OF/ Daguerrotype Cases./ L., P. & Co., are the sole/ Proprietors and only legal Manu-/ facturers of UNION CASES, with the/ Embracing Riveted Hinge./ Patented October 14, 1856,/ and April 21, 1857."

Littlefield, Parsons & Co.

[Portrait of a man]

Item is an example of an ambrotype with broken glass and worn coloured backing. Ambrotype is in a velvet-lined thermoplastic union case, showing a male sitter in front of a studio backdrop. The case was intended for use with 1/6 plate daguerreotypes, as indicated by the manufacturer's stamp on the inside back cover beneath the ambrotype plate: "Littlefield, Parsons & Co.,/ MANUFACTURERS OF/ Daguerrotype Cases./ L., P. & Co., are the sole/ Proprietors and only legal Manu-/ facturers of UNION CASES, with the/ Embracing Riveted Hinge./ Patented October 14, 1856,/ and April 21, 1857."

Littlefield, Parsons & Co.

[Portrait of a man]

Item is an ambrotype photograph in a velvet-lined thermoplastic union case, showing a male sitter. A stamp on the inside back cover beneath the ambrotype plate gives the manufacturer of the case: "Littlefield, Parsons & Co.,/ Sole Manufacturers of / UNION CASES,/ with/ Embracing Riveted Hinge./ PATENTED/ October 14, 1856, & April 21, 1857."

Littlefield, Parsons & Co.

[Portrait of a seated man with framed photograph and hat on table]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a seated man, his right arm resting on a table, his legs crossed. On the table is his hat, and a framed photograph of a woman standing, though unrecognizable (possibly mourning portrait). Table is quite ornate, as is the armoir in the background. Carpet is flowered. He is well dressed in a dark frock coat, with a white high-collared shirt and tie. He has a mustach and his cheeks are tinted pink. The hat is perhaps a boater hat, straw with a wide black band and trim. Due to frock coat and hat dated after 1870s. All four corners are rouned off.

[Portrait of a seated man]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a young man, seated in a chair. His posture is very casual, his chin resting in his hand, legs crossed. He leans low in the chair. The studio backdrop is of a fireplace and plants. There is carpet underneath him. He is wearing a hat with no brim, vest, bowtie, suit jacket and striped pants. Three corners are cut off at an angle. His cheeks are hand painted.

[Portrait of a toddler with a basket]

Item is a cased ambrotype, covered in paper, no front cover. Metal loop at the top suggests it was a frame as opposed to a case. Ambrotype held in with brass mat, cover glass and a soft brass preserver. Image is of a girl toddler, sitting on a chair, holding a basket. She wears a dress with black piping.

[Portrait of a woman holding a book]

Item is a daguerreotype framed in gold with a cover glass but no case. Image is of a woman holding a book, looking right at camera. She wears a dark dress with big white lace collar. Looks as though it has been removed from its case, but still in cover glass and brass preserver.

[Portrait of a woman in hat]

Item has a pink card-frame with gold details around opening. Back of card-frame is pink with gold details with space to write name or photographer's name? Tintype is a portrait of a woman from waist up, wearing a hat, hair in ringlets, with a dress buttoned down the front, with a big white lace collar. Her head is turned away from the camera. Her cheeks are tinted pink. Image is slightly blurry due to movement during exposure. Faint studio backdrop is visible in background.

[Portrait of a woman seated]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a woman sitting with her elbows on the armrest, and her hands up to her face. Her hair is in keeping with the fashion after 1876, of close crop curls on forehead. She wears a bracelet with a charm on each wrist, and a ring on her finger. The studio backdrop is of an interior, and there is a fur carpet underneath the chair.

[Portrait of a woman with hat]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a woman in a black dress standing against a plain background. She has a pin at her throat, and a white collar is visible under her black coat. Same woman as in 2008.001.1825 but now she is wearing a hat, with feathers, flowers and a bow. The hat is in keeping with the fashion of the 1880s. In this photograph is mostly head and shoulders.

[Portrait of a woman]

Item is a black hinged case with daguerreotype inside, held in with a brass mat, cover glass and soft brass preserver. Closes with a metal clasp, but binding is no longer holding both covers together. The inside cover has the image, and back cover has a decorated red (faded) velvet cloth cushion. The image is of a young woman in a dress and jewellery which has been painted gold.

[Portrait of a woman]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a woman in a black dress standing against a plain background. She has a pin at her throat, and a white collar is visible under her black coat. Hair tied back with soft bangs is in keeping with the fashion of the 1880s. Her hands are held together in front, in black gloves. She is shown from the waist up.

[Portrait of a woman]

Item is an unmounted portrait of a woman in dark dress with white collar. Brooch and ring painted on in gold. Cheeks painted pink. She is sitting and one hand rests on a table and the other in front of her, on her dress.

[Portrait of a young girl]

Item is an unmounted, small tintype, not gem, but maybe cut smaller. Portrait of a little girl, sitting on a studio chair, left hand on armrest. She looks at camera. Hair is short and parted down the middle. She wears a polka dot dress. Very simple. Her cheeks are tinted pink.

[Portrait of a young girl]

Item is a brown hinged with tape case with daguerreotype inside, held in with a brass mat, cover glass and brass preserver. Inside cover is a soft red velvet cushion with detail of a butterfly. Red cloth frames image side too. Image is of a young girl, staring at camera, in a polka dot dress with white lace collar. Her hair is in two braids. One arms rest across her stomach. Her cheeks are tinted pink.

[Portrait of a youth]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a boy in a dark suit with hat. His arms are folded across his chest, and he looks away from the camera. He is seated, and his body is turned away from the camera. His legs are crossed. He sits on a chair made of branches, and the backdrop is of water and sails.

[Portrait of boy in bowtie]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a boy in dark suit with white shirt and black bowtie. Chain watch in vest. He is sitting and his right arm leans on the armrest. White cloth as background. His hair is combed forward across forehead, and wings out at the sides - hairstyle is in keeping with boys hairstyles of 1870s. Top corners of tintype are rounded.

[Portrait of couple]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a man seated, and a woman standing with her hand on his shoulder. The background is simple, no colour or decoration. Armrest of chair man sits in, is fringed.

[Portrait of man and infant]

Item is a cased ambrotype, but front cover is gone leaving image side uncovered. Black case with metal clasp. Image side has brass mat, cover glass and sof brass preserver. Image is of a man with glasses seated and holding a child who is standing up on a chair. The child has one hand on the man's chest. The man has a beard. Both their cheeks are tinted pink.

[Portrait of man and woman]

Item is an unmounted portrait of a man seated and a woman standing with her left arm resting on back of his chair. There is a table in front of her, beside him with a book on it. She also holds a book, that is resting on the table. She wears a hat and shirtwaist with buttons, the sleeves are puffy which are in keeping with fashion of the 1890s. She wears a brooch at her neck. He is sitting with his legs crossed, his body rurned away from the camera, but his face looking right at camera. He holds a scroll in his hand, and wears a sash of somesort across his chest. He looks very pleased with himself. Both their cheeks are tinted pink. Top corners angled off, and bottom edge is curved.

[Portrait of man with round glasses]

Item is potentially made of celluloid. It is a large photographic button, that had a stand like a frame. Image is a portrait of a man, with glasses and mustache, wearing a suit and tie. Image is brown/red hue, like sepia. Verso is metal, plated gold with the inscription "Columbia Medallion Studios Chicago." Unable to locate this studio, or find any information on it.

[Portrait of one man]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a man sitting with his right arm resting on the armrest. His left hand is onl his lap. He looks directly at the camera, he is centred in the image. No background. He wears a dark suit with jacket and vest, with a chain watch. He wears a white shirt and his tie is loosely knotted in style with the 1890s slipknot tie with the ends hanging. His hair is slick and parted.

[Portrait of three men outside]

Item is a cased tintype. Has a metal loop at side which suggests it's not a closed case, but more a frame. No front cover. Image has a brass mat, a cover glass and a soft brass preserver. Image is of three seated men leaning against a wall of a house, with wood siding. One on left wears a top hat and dark suit, with a long beard and mustach. The one in the middle has on a suit with jacket, vest and a chain watch and a hat. He has a cigarette in his mouth and a cane leaning against his legs. The one on the right wears a bowler hat, with suit jacket, vest and tie and holds a cane in his hands. He has a long mustach.

[Portrait of three women]

Item is a wood frame covered in red paper with gold details, with ambrotype held in place with brass matt and brass preserver. Ambrotype is a portrait of three women, sitting on a bench outside, in front of what looks to be a boat on shore. All three wear elaborate hats, with long dresses and white collars, and their hands in their laps. All three look directly at the camera. Ambrotype is a single sheet of glass, the ashphaltum was painted directly overtop the collodion surface and so it is only one piece of glass with no need for a cover glass.

[Portrait of two boys on chair]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of one young boy and one older boy. The older one sits in a chair, while the younger perches on the armrest, on his right. The younger boy is wearing a jacket that is buttoned up. The older boy has a jacket, only top button done up, with vest and tie. Both arms are on armrest, with legs crossed. The younger boy's face is slightly blurred, from moving it during exposure. It looks to be same studio, props and seating arrangement as 2008.001.1811.

[Portrait of two boys]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of one young boy and one adolescant boy. The older one sits in a chair, while the younger perches on the armrest. The younger boy is wearing a suit with vest and jacket, top two buttons done only. The older boy has no jacket, but wears a vest with a tie. He is leaning his arm against opposite armrest, with legs crossed. Casual pose.

[Portrait of two little girls]

Item is a black hinged, with a cloth binding, case with tintype inside, held in with a brass mat and cover glass. Closes with a metal clasp. The inside cover is fitted with a cushion of red velvet paper. The image side is framed in red also. The tintype is a portrait of two little girls, one standing and the other sitting. Both look at the camera.

[Portrait of two men facing each other]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of two men, both seated and turned toward each other, but not looking at each other. Both wearing dark frock coat with white shirts, no ties. One on left has a mustach. Both cheeks are inted pink. Man on right has his arm on armrest, and the other one on his knee. Varnish coating gives tintype a brownish colouring. Studio background looks like a fireplace.

[Portrait of two men outdoors]

Item is an umounted portrait of two men in suits and hats, sitting on rocks outdoors. Not studio setting. Man on left holds a cane with both hands resting on it, with a ring on his finger, cigar in his mouth, chain watch, suit with vest and tie and hat. Man on right sits with legs crossed, one hand in his pocket and other across his lap, cigar in mouth and suit with vest and tie and chain watch and hat.

[Portrait of two men with a book]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of two men. One on right is wearing a top hat (tilted to left side), with a black suit and striped pants. He has a big handlebar moustach, cigar in his mouth, open book in his lap and his legs are crossed. The man on the left has a cigar in his mouth, and is wearing a hat, with black suite. His legs are crossed and both hands rest on his lap, with his left arm resting on a table. Both their cheeks are tinted pink.

[Portrait of two men with pipes]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of two men seated, with a flowered curtain behind them, and a plaid carpet at their feet. Both men have facial hair. Both are wearing hats, and are holding pipes - man on right holds it in his mouth, and on left in his hands. One on right has a bandaged finger on his left hand. Man on left has his legs crossed, and is holding something white in his right hand, pipe in his left. White sticker on back of tintype with the letter 'c' written on it.

[Portrait of two men]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of two men sitting on the same wood bench, facing the camera. They look stiff and posed. Their arms rest on the armrest and on their laps. They both wear suit and tie, with only the top button done on the jacket. Their cheeks are tinted pink. The top and bottom left corners are angled off.Man on left with blond hair looks like the man in 2008.001.1833 - not sure if same person.

[Portrait of two women and waterfalls]

Item is an unmounted portrait of two women seated side by side, with a studio backdrop of waterfalls (maybe Niagara Falls), with a steamboat in the water. Bird cage in upper left corner of image. The two women wear long dresses and big hats, with feathers. Their hands are folded in their laps and they look right at the camera. Left top and bottom corners angled off.

[Portrait of two women both seated]

Item is in a cream coloured card-frame embossed opening, with embossed letters "Potter's Patent March 7 1865." Which is how we dated the tintype. Photograph is a studio portrait of two women, both seated, arms resting on the one armrest with fringes. Woman on right is dressed all in black, with black hat and veil - perhaps mourning wear. The woman on the left is in full skirt with black trim and black top, white collar and black hat. Both have pink tinted cheeks.

[Portrait of two women]

Item has a cream card-frame embossed opening, with embossed letters "Potter's Patent March 7 1865." Which is how we dated the tintype. Photograph is a studio portrait of two women, both standing, side by side. Both women wear hats. One on left wears a dark shirtwaist, with a striped full skirt with hair tied neatly back and little bow at the neck. Woman on right has a dark dress, buttons down the front with a small white collar, in fashion in the 1860s. Her hair is shoulder lenght ringlets, also in fashion in the 1860s. Both have pink tinted cheeks.

[Portrait of two young girls]

Item is a cased ambrotype, but front cover does not match back cover, not hinged, separated from each other. Front cover is brown with two metal clasps, and back cover is black case with one metal clasp. Inside front cover is a red velvet soft cushion with detail of a flower. Image side has brass mat, soft brass preserver but no cover glass, ambrotype is not protected. Image is of two young girls sitting side by side and holding hands. They look directly at the camera. Both wear dresses, one on left has a plaid one on, and girl on right has a polka dotted dress. Girl on right has long ringlets and has freckles. Girl on left has her hair up and parted down the middle. Both wear the same necklace with locket. Their cheeks are tinted pink.

[Portrait of woman in feathered hat]

Item is a pale yellow cabinet card with portrait of a woman in a flower patterened coat and high collar, gloves and feathered hat, leaning against a stone wall with potted plants. On verso, the motto and arms for the city of Aberdeen (showing three castles, two leapords and the motto "Bon Accord") followed by the photographer's stamp in black, "ARTIST/ &/ PHOTOGRAPHER/ W. Carey,/ 35 & 37 BACK WYND,/ ABERDEEN./ Pictures of every description,/ Copied, enlarged and finished in Oil,/ Water, or Crayon./ George Mason & Co."

W. Garey

[Portrait of women and baby in a family group]

Item is a brown bi-fold card with an embossed design with shield and helmet on the front left flap, beneath which is the photographer's name in letterpress: "A.E. Lyon/ Photo./ Charlottetown, P.E.I." Inside, a photograph is adhered to the card showing three women in a studio, one holding a baby. All 4 are identified by a handwritten note on the inside of the right flap.

Lyon, A.E.

[Portrait of young boy standing]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a young boy, with body stand obvious in background. Little boy is standing, with right arm leaning on chair armrest. He wears short trousers, above the boot tops, and the boots have side-button closures, in keeping with the style of the 1870s. His cheeks are tinted pink.

[Servant with tea service]

Item is a photograph adhered to cream-coloured card with gold letterpress. Text at bottom reads "L. L. Christmas/ 104 STOKE NEWINGTON Rd. N/ (OPPOSITE PRINCE GEORGE Rd.)". Photograph is of a maid holding a tray with a teacup and pots of cream and sugar. Studio backdrop with palm fronds. On verso of card, decorative gold stamp with floral motif and the photographer's name and address repeated, with the additional information: "Alexandra Studios" and "NEGATIVES KEPT EXTRA COPIES CAN ALWAYS/ BE HAD BY SENDING NAME."

Christmas, Lea Latimer

[Three men in suits]

Item is a snapshot cyanotype image featuring a portrait of three men, two are standing and one is sitting, inside a library of a house or an office space. All three are turned to the camera, all are wearing suit jackets,vests and ties. The two men standing have beards.

[Two men in top hats]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of two young men, dressed in black suit jackets, with top hats. They are sitting side by side, one on right is holding an umbrella, and one on left a can. Dressed in gentleman's attire. Two top corners are angled off.

[Two men posed with fists up]

Item is an unmounted tintype featuring an image of two men posed in studio, with their fists up in imitation of a fight. They face each other, man on right has a pipe in his mouth. He is wearing a long coat, tall hat with a coloured flower in it.Man on left has a pink spot near his mouth. Studio backdrop is of a mountain, plants, water. Sticker on the back of tintype says "$4.00."

[Two men smoking]

Item is an unmounted studio portrait of two men, seated and smoking pipes. Both have facial hair, and are wearing hats and jackets. Casual pose, man on right has legs crossed and looks at camera. Man on left looks away from the camera, and leans in his chair, arm resting on the back. Both men's cheeks are tinted pink.

[Young girl posed on a chair]

Item is an unmounted tintype featuring an image of a young blond girl sits in a chair, in a studio portrait with elaborate background. Her one leg is crossed underneath her. The chair is made of wood, and looks like branches. She wears a sailor style dress.

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