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I found this photo - I believe it is a Daguerreotype - in with a batch of photos from my parent's house. There was no name or other identification on the image. I showed it to my dad but he did not know anything about it. Mom might have known who this couple was but she is now with the Lord.

I understand that Daguerreotypes were produced from about 1840 to 1865. The couple pictured in this one look like they'd already been around for a while when the picture was made. Maybe they were born around 1800 more or less?

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If you have any leads on the identity of these people I would appreciate hearing from you! Thanks.

John Nicholson

MYSTERY SOLVED! 2005/08/29

I don't know why I didn't spot this earlier. A few days ago I was looking through " EBER BRADLEY (1761-1841) AND SOME RELATIVES" and I spotted a very familiar looking photograph on page 74 - the very same couple that appear in my mystery photo. This is Eli Judson Bradley and his wife Sarah "Sally" (Cooley) Bradley - my great-great-great-grandparents.

They are dressed in the same clothes and seated in almost the exact same pose. I assume the Daguerreotype process only produced one image at a time so they sat the same day for several photos to be taken. This one is very slightly different than the one in the book.

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