Two sweet Ebay finds. On the left....An original Civil War era tax-stamped carte de visite portrait photo of Ella J. Young, taken by photographers Pine & Bell of Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. This has the then-required internal revenue tax stamp to pay for the Civil War. The stamp is initialed by the photography studio (P&B). This photo was taken between August 1864 and August 1866, but as she is obviously a "tween" here, this photo was probably taken in 1864 or early 1865. She was born in 1853 so she was probably 11 or 12 in this photo. A life-long resident of the city from a prominent family, Ella was the daughter of Troy dentist Orange R. Young & Maria Bardwell, attended the Troy Seminary for 4 years, and married prominent businessman Stephen H. Williamson, who had a large livery stable and horse/vehicle rental business in downtown Troy. Sepia toned albumen print carte de visite 2 1/2"x 4".
Photo on the right is also a carte de visite sepia toned albumen print c.1870... 2 1/2" x 4". taken by the New York Gallery studio of photographer J.H.Peters in San Francisco.
© Joseph Greco