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Miner with Shovel

Miner with Shovel
Unknown Maker, Miner with Shovel, Quarter plate daguerreotype. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, museum purchase
    Many of the daguerreotypes taken in the Gold Rush era were cheap, quick, and basic. Certain elements of this photograph -- the man is standing slightly off-center, the cloth backdrop is wrinkled and creased -- indicate that this portrait was probably taken in a mobile daguerreian studio somewhere in the gold-mining region.
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