This early cased Ambrotype portrait shows Joseph B. and Stephen A. Lathrop in matching military-style collar buttoning jackets. The jackets have fewer buttons than we have seen on many of these jackets. We are not sure about the color, but probably were blue. The jackets have side slit pockets. The jackets are cut short and worn with darker-colored pants. Both boys have medium white collars and bows. The boys sport over the ears hair. We note a little about the boys because of a note in the case, although we do not know where the portrait was taken. Joseph was 11 years old and Stephen was 7 years old. The portait was taken December 1855. It is not posed as stiffly as is commonly the case with early formats like Dags and Ambros. Notice how Stphen is comforting his little brother who seems uneasy with the photographer.
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