Saturday, September 3, 2011
CDV of middle-aged Louise Paraga; Staten Island studio
Carte de Visite of a middle aged woman identified on reverse as Louise Paraga. The CDV was made by the J. Loeffler Studio of Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York.
The previous owner left a penciled notation that the CDV was of about 1865 vintage.
Thanks to Brett Payne's Photo-Sleuth blog, I know that photographs usually carried a revenue stamp during the time frame of June 1864 to August 1866, as a way to raise revenue during the Civil War and its aftermath. Perhaps this CDV was produced after 1866?
I found several several women with variant spellings of Louise Paraga, but I'm not sure any of them is the lady I'm looking for, as I believe they were born later than what I imagine to have been her birth year.
If you have any insights into the identity of Louise Paraga, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!
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