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Do you have an interesting vintage photography story?
Submit it for publication on Old Photographic!

If you have a great story to tell about collecting vintage photography, or a helpful tip to share with your fellow Old Photographic members, why not submit it to us for publication on this site? We would love to read about your insights and thoughts on collecting photographs and related memorabilia and we're sure our members will too.

If we like your article we will publish it for the whole world to read, and if its a really good article we just might publish your article to the front page!

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My mystery opalotype

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My story starts 30 years ago when I bought what I thought was an "etching" on milk glass! I was and still am very much a novice when it comes to old photos,but in the last year have honed my knowledge trying to solve my little mystery.

Although the art was in good shape,the overall piece had some issues. The backing which probably held all the information on the piece was missing. No signatures or marks to be found. The front original protective glass was gone also,but after given a price I could not refuse plus the fact I really liked the piece, I bought the piece in spite of it's handicaps!

It wasn't until about 3 years ago with the growth of inter-net resources that I finally started to research the piece.Everything about the piece intrigued me~The detail~the subject matter~The simple frame with the wooden mat~The removed backing~

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Southern Exposure: The Life and Times of C. R. Rees & Co.

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By D. A. Serrano

This Confederate officer smiles contentedly for the camera. A note in the case states “Prizeth with my most highly treasured, given to me by my darling Beo Bobby. died October 5, 1862, September 28, 63.” This image was recently identified by Nancy Dearing Rossbacher as Robert T. Willis, Co. I, 32 Va. Critically wounded and captured at Sharpburg, Bobby would be exchanged only to die later in Richmond. 1/6th plate Ambrotype Library of Congress, Liljenquist Collection.This Confederate officer smiles contentedly for the camera. A note in the case states “Prizeth with my most highly treasured, given to me by my darling Beo Bobby. died October 5, 1862, September 28, 63.” This image was recently identified by Nancy Dearing Rossbacher as Robert T. Willis, Co. I, 32 Va. Critically wounded and captured at Sharpburg, Bobby would be exchanged only to die later in Richmond. 1/6th plate Ambrotype Library of Congress, Liljenquist Collection.REESREESOne day at a long forgotten relic show, the late Herb Peck sat behind a table stocked full of Confederate images. Herb, along with William Albaugh were considered pioneers in collecting and Herb would happily answer this novice collectors foolish questions with patience and good humor. That day Herb showed me several ambrotypes he had for sale and when he got to one in particular that was interesting to me quoted a price that was three times as much as similar images. My “why so much” was answered with a quick reply “It’s a Rees” and showed me were it had been neatly inscribed in the emulsion REES. The cased image had a silvery luminescence’s that was incomparable to anything else I had ever seen, a simple Confederate soldier brought to life by an artist’s camera. What little was known about Rees was that he operated in Richmond during the war and never achieved the fame of his Northern counterparts like Brady, Alexander Gardiner and Timothy O’Sullivan to name a few. Outside of a few Confederate collectors his name was all but forgotten.

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