So, I have decided to post a series of photos and ask for your observations.
First, some background on the photos. The photographs were stuck loosely in an antique photo album which was in the possession my double cousin Mary Margaret. Most of the original photos had been removed from the album, and the original name identifications were written on the photo album pages. I have assumed that the loose pictures were the ones originally in the album. From the names in the album, I have also assumed that the album contained photographs of the family of my gr.gr.grandmother, Bridget O'Callahan McDonnell who immigrated from Cobh (Queenstown), Ireland about 1854. I have tried to match the names with the pictures without much success. So I am turning to you.
What do you see in the photograph below? This photo has no identifying names on it. Many of the photograph names in the album were relatives from the Cincinnati area. It is a tintype.
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My analysis so far:
The fringe on the chair, I think, should make it the late 1860's. The only other background I see in the photo is the carpet, and I know nothing about carpet dating.
Her dress is more fitted than the dresses worn before the civil war. Is there a bustle in the back? She has a neck scarf rather than a lace collar. These are everyday people with clothes that reflect their position. A big question is whether this is her husband or her son. He looks young to me. She looks protective.
Corrections? Suggestions? Additions? Your analysis please.