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My Likeness Taken: Daguerreian Portraits in America, 1840-1860 Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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Additionally many of the descriptions were clearly wrong or mismatched with the image presented (one in particular described a woman wearing glasses, no glasses anywhere in sight). This book needed a lot more editing and better production.
But, I do like the fact that there are more males in this book than in her previous book. This helps me greatly when working on my period wardrobe for my reenacting excursions.
For a book of this caliber, the price is excellent.
First of all unlike now, communication in the 19th century was not instantaneous..Ms.Severa admits this..A"Godey's ladies book"arriving in some newly settled area may well be a year or more old,and fashions featured in it may well have been out of date at least as far as places like New York or Washington D.C. were concerned.Second,not everyone who sat for a picture wore up-to-date fashions,or even recent fashions..Most dags,and most cabinet card and other 19th century photographs do not feature fashion plates but instead feature average people....and most average people both men and women did not have the ability to keep current fashion-wise.I cannot believe that Ms.Severa is not aware of this fact.Thus when she ENDLESSLY describes the various frills and curves and do-dads that decorate a particular dress in a particular Dag and thereby dates it it is a best guess at best...and,heck,I can make just as good a best guess as Ms.Severa...
Many photographs from the 19th century are dated,just as many from the 20th century are..Seeing Uncle Harry sitting on a front porch in his old "Fonzie"teeshirt does not mean that the picture was snapped when"Happy Days"was still a current hit on the T.V.,and yet given the way an"expert"like Ms.Severa determines dating in this book this would be the conclusion that she would draw from Uncle Harry's photograph.
Given that the sub-title of this volume is"Daguerrian portraits in America"one would think that the focus would indeed be on the portraits themselves...Alas this is not the case.Read more ›
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I give her work an A+!! I seen how hard she worked! The people that were involved that sent her the daguerreotypes ! Were amazing. Trusting in her Judgement. As i did with mine. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by L. Mair
Great images along with fine descriptions printed on glossy paper with great reproductions. What more could a lover of old photography ask for? Answer - ZIP.Published on October 13, 2013 by brian bennett
Great information for those doing Gold Rush or Civil War reenacting OR for people trying to figure out old family photos.Published on August 26, 2013 by Nancy L Cowley