This photo was found in the back of the Nettie Parks Album.
I am not sure if this is a Daguerreotype or an Ambrotype. Perhaps one of my readers can tell me for sure which one it is. Update: The absence of mirror like quality at any angle leads me to believe that this is an Ambrotype.
An Ambrotype is a glass negative backed by a dark surface so as to appear positive.
A Daguerreotype is an early photographic process with the image made on a light sensitive silver coated metallic plate. Update: Norkio says that a Daguerreotype has a mirror like quality at any angle.
The photo and frame measures 2 7/8 inches by 3 1/4 inches. It appears golden colored in the scan..but it is a copper color. The decorative frame has been crimped to seal the photograph…and yes the glass covering is cracked. This is one reason that many photographers started to do tintypes as they were unbreakable.
I believe that this photo is most likely from 1856 to 1865.( Updated: 1859 to 1865) He is a very distinguished looking gentleman, but an unknown.
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Update from djsheri:
Photo 440 - is most likely John Wesley Park, Sr., born 1838-1839, Morris Co., New Jersey, son of Peter Park, born 1812 & Harriett Elizabeth Bowman, born 1819.