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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What a Shame Wednesday: The Woman with the Bow, Sparta, Wisconsin, ca. 1860s


We don't know the name of the woman in this 1860s tintype, but we do know that the image was created at Brownell's Gallery in Sparta, Wisconsin.  I haven't been able to find much on this gallery online, which leads me to believe it may not have been in business very long.  I did find a 22-year-old Muth/Matt(?) Brownell, photographer, in the 1870 Census living in Sparta.  He was born in Vermont.  He doesn't appear in the later censuses in Sparta.


It's also a shame that the mottled image doesn't allow us a clearer look at the subject of the photo. 

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