This daguerreotype (ca. 1855) of George Leverett Stowell is part of the Library of Congress' American Memory Collection
. If you click through, you can view over 700 early daguerreotypes in their online exhibit, America's First Look Into the Camera
. Be careful, though. They might force you to wear a monkey-armed coat and a hat left over from the BPOE parade.
Several of my local gravestones from ca. 1800 have nearly carved tassels in the tympanic drapery.
I think we today may be living in an unusually tassel-poor era. If we wish to truly enter into a spirit of historical sympathy with those who went before, we may have to add more tassels.
Make that "neatly"...
—RJO (having log-in troubles)
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