Union Case that holds a photograph of my grandmother as a child. In the photo, she is wearing a set of beads, which I also have and cherish. However, I know that my grandmother's image couldn't have been the original photograph in the case for two reasons.
The obvious reason is that I can see another picture peeking from behind, but also because my grandmother was born in 1908. She was too modern to have had her image captured as either a daguerreotype or an ambrotype -- the two types of images most commonly protected by a Union case and made between 1840 and 1865.
So, who is under my grandmother's image?
But, who was she? Am I related to her? I may never know.
Who was the child in this now-eroded daguerreotype? Again, I may never know.
After taking several photos of each image, I wrapped them up carefully and tucked them back into the half case -- made even more precious by their presence.
Taken from The Daguerreian Society web site: