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Family Portrait 1863

Family Portrait 1863

Kitty, Steven and Jasper Anthony
Labor Day weekend Ohio Village hosted a vintage baseball tournament. Teams came from all over and we were fortunate that photographer, Bruce Schultz came up from Louisiana to make real tintype photographs in his studio tent. Here is a link to his site for more information about his work.
http://www.tintypesforever.com/

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Drawing of Slide Half Cake Box

Drawing of Slide Half Cake Box

This is the paint box I am trying to match.

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Drawings of Paint Brushes from the Era

Drawings of Paint Brushes from the Era

The Winsor & Newton 1849 catalogue shows brushes with wooden handles and metal ferrels that are made of sable hair.  I have many brushes like these in my collection that I can use.  I will sand off any printing and steer away from painted handles.

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Dresses

This woman seems more my age.  I like the collar/broach/tie combo and love the stripes.  This looks like a silk dress and also is darker than I am thinking.  I remember seeing images of sleeves like these when we talked to the experts at OHS.

This woman seems more my age. I like the collar/broach/tie combo and love the stripes. This looks like a silk dress and also is darker than I am thinking. I remember seeing images of sleeves like these when we talked to the experts at OHS.

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Graceanna Lewis

Graceanna Lewis

Our characters have been approved for the village! Much of our research was done at The Ohio State University Rare Books collection. What an amazing resource!
My characters’ early life is based on Graceanna Lewis, a Quaker naturalist from Pennsylvania.

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A Blue and White striped dress

A Blue and White striped dress

Wondering if this would be an appropriate choice for my dress. It seems like cotton makes the most sensee, although it would be hard to get in Civil War times. Perhaps my dress is a bit older?

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Civil War era pencils

Civil War era pencils

I was glad to find that pencils were pretty modern in 1863. These reproductions are available for $0.50 each through http://www.sullivanpress.com/

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Contemporary facsimile

Contemporary facsimile

This paint box is available today through Dick Blick and made by Yarka St. Petersburg. I think it is a pretty good match!

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19th century paint box

19th century paint box

This is a watercolor box from the era. It is considered a toy, but seems similar to the adult sets.

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