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California Grave of Philip A. Potter

California Grave of Philip A. Potter
Unknown Maker, California Grave of Philip A. Potter, Whole plate daguerreotype. Collection of Matthew R. Isenburg
    A whole plate daguerreotype with an obituary and various memorials pinned to the felt of the case. The obituary reads, "Died in this city, July 22d, of Panama fever, Philip A. Potter aged 21 years, formerly of New Bedford, Mass." Potter's friends stand near the elegant gravesite of their young companion. Daguerreotypes not only recorded the events and emotions of life, they also immortalized the sadness and frequency of death far from home.
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