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A Little Gem

The tiny picture of a woman was found at an estate sale in England’s countryside together with an old piano key. The story was that she was a very talented pianist who played regularly at their church functions.

The tiny picture is called a tintype, “a little gem” the size of a postage stamp. These were the first pictures that were the beginning of a whole new visual revolution for sending mementos of one’s self to loved ones. The MDCCCLVI stands for 1856, the year photography was patented in France.

These gems were lovingly given to servicemen during the World War to hold their loved ones near to their hearts.