Picture Perfect: 19th Century Photographic Portraits from the HOF Collection

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 10:00am to Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 4:30pm

On display for the first time is a small collection of 19th century photographs depicting prominent Odessa citizens at the second floor hall of the National Historic Register Wilson-Warner House. 

The collection owned by the Historic Odessa Foundation includes Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and a few tintypes. Most of the photographs are beautifully framed in period folding cases typical of the era. 

Delaware history: One-of-a-kind historical photographs

Each photograph preserves the likeness of the individual with the latest mid-19th century technology, photography. In addition, each photograph is a unique one-of-a-kind picture that had no negatives for duplication. The Daguerreotypes were introduced in the 1840’s and were created on highly polished, silver coated copper plate while the Ambrotypes were introduced in the 1850’s and were created as a positive with black paint on the back of glass.  Come discover whose image is preserved in the photographic collection.


The exhibit is included with every guided tour of the museum houses.

*Charles Corbit, c. 1860, (Barbara Allison gift)  Samuel Broadbent, Photographer

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