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[Two Unidentified Men]
Date: ca. 1860
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Dimensions: Overall: 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (9.5 x 8.3 cm)
Medium: Ambrotype
Credit Line: Gift of Brian Wallis in honor of David Deitcher and Clayton Guthrie, 2001
Description: Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection Section: Identification Images of such relaxed displays of affection between American men were common in the nineteenth century. While a range of same-sex relationships between men existed during this period, this suggestive and ambiguous ambrotype demonstrates the extent to which the interpretation of images depends upon shifting social values; the photograph is neither proof of a gay relationship nor a straightforward homosocial pose.
Accession Number: 2.2001