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Short Stories: She, the Book Lover

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Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers. 

We recently found this painted tintype portrait and were quite intrigued by seller Studio Stebbylee’s poetic ode to the sitter:

A softly studious looking young woman posed for this tintype photograph.
A woman of consequential thought,
her right arm rests lightly on a book — perhaps a favorite…
her face, a study.

Sensibly educated and well read,
she’s an urban sophisticate
from the 1850s.

Her wardrobe, jewelry and hairstyling
— all of handsome, tho’ restrained, design —
denote a sensible and earnest background.

She: the first woman in her family to graduate from university.

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