|This photograph of a handsome boy is identified as Peter Balen. |
The image is from the mid 1850's and is a daguerreotype ( on silver).
This mode of photography was replaced in the early 1860's by the ambrotype ( on glass) and the carte de visite ( on paper, via a negative).
Daguerreotypes and ambrotypes had no negatives, so each is one of a kind.
I purchased him at auction as I thought he had interesting features and was identified.
There was no place to write the name of the sitter in these "cased views" unless, as in this one, a sticker was attached to the velvet side.
Therefore, most dags and ambros are unidentified.