In the late the body of a girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face.
Her picture taken after death, the stand holds her up. Victorians imortalised their beloved ones with post-mortem photographs which were, in many cases, the only photograph a family had of the deceased due to the high cost of photography.
A wonderful and rare photo indeed! This man fought in the American Revolutionary War under the command of General George Washington. A rare daguerreotype of Captain George Fishley, taken in 1850 when he was 90 years old