It is funny what you come across when you are running around picking up odds and ends in preparation for Christmas. In preparing our home for company we had to go to a drapery shop to pick up a finial for the dining room drapes. In the midst of their mad play, our dogs had become entangled in the drapes and down came the rod, smashing one of the glass finials, so off to the shop we went. Walking from the parking lot to the drapers we noticed a antiques and curiosity shop nearby, so we went inside to have a look.
In a larger counter in the middle of the shop was displayed a selection of photographs and cartes de visite. While they were interesting, all were only copies of the originals. While I was perusing them, for some unknown reason, the word 'daguerrotype' popped into my head (not a usual occurrence) and I asked the shop keeper if she had any. A daguerrotype is a 'photograph' produced through the 19th century process developed by Louis Daguerre, in which an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapour are employed in order to produce an image.
The shop keeper said she had only one, which had been in the shop since it opened, and which just happened to be in a cabinet directly behind me. As far as I know, the woman in this image is not a member of my family, but I could not leave 'her' in the shop because I felt there was some reason I was supposed to have her image. Someone must know her story. The image was sold to the shop after a family cleared out the farm home of a deceased elderly relative in Ontario Canada.
Who is this woman in the daguerrotype?
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