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Mogwai II
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I finally finished my first piece for my storytelling Act I am currently preparing.

Here is a picture:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=38......09262162

Inspired by the works of Christian Chelman I created the following routine:

Johnston Hastings "Jack" Skelly was a Union soldier who died as a result of injuries in the Second Battle of Winchester. He was the fiancé, of the only civilian to die in the Battle of Gettysburg, Ginnie Wade.

He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, near Ginnie Wade's grave.

He was also known as a gambler, who was very skilled at Poker, Dices and others.

Included in the box are:

Playing Cards
Gaming Tokens
Dice
Coin
Domino Stones
Cross
Picture of Johnston
Piece of Newspaper from 1863.
Box of matches
Two real Bullets from the fields of Gettysburg.
A piece of a Flag from the period.

The Magic involves:

Spec. cuts to Johnstons favorite Card.
Spec. chooses from 5 small dominos the one that matches the big one
Spec. rolls the dieces (unloaded) and hits Johnstons Birthdate.

Hope you like it!

Chris
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I've a doubt concerning the datation of the photograph during the civil war era.
A first peek gives me the impression of a photo taken during the 1885/1900 era.
But I may be wrong, it's jut a first visual impression.
https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/phcw/hd_phcw.htm

Otherwise, the set looks nice.
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I agree as the photos I am working with are from the 1880-1910 era. Makiong a computer repro look like a tintype takes a bit of extra work -- but may be worth it.
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You may also add something more personal, like a small soldier's prayer book (i had one from the civil war in my collection, but recently traded it. Included was the soldier's fiancee's picture).
Tintype or daguerreotype seem more appropriate.
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Thanks for the feedback!

First I used a tintype, but the picture just didn't feel "right"...

But yeah, I think I will change it on the computer a bit and then maybe but in a tintype frame.

Thanks!
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I agree as the photos I am working with are from the 1880-1910 era. Makiong a computer repro look like a tintype takes a bit of extra work -- but may be worth it.
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Btw. the dominos, the cards, the gaming tokens and the bullets really are from the period. I bought them in a antique store in Franklin, where one of the bloodiest battle was fought.

and thanks curator, you really helped me find my way in magic!
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I couldn't see the pictures from this computer--but the bullets may be obtained both fired/crumpled and unfired--a switch to end the story-?
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BTW -- there are now very real movie replica guns available for both sides of the conflict. They look somewhat aged as if in real use -- and can be further distressed easily. These are safe -- you would never tell that cannot load and fire -- but have full action otherwise.
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If you need help with this, PM me...I've done more study into the Civil War that you would ever want to. (There's an 1865 first edition of Stonewall Jackson's biography sitting on my shelf, an original CW cavalry sword on the wall, along with various other items that I've collected over the years.)

You just can not reproduce a tintype photo via computer at all...since it's actually printed directly to the tin. I know...I have one tintype, as well as one ambrotype, of myself in my old act as "Professor Barclay: The Wizard of Edinburgh".

The photo you have isn't too bad if you're going to make a CDV...Carte de Visite. I'd suggest that over trying to duplicate a tintype.

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The photo looks like a perfectly period correct Albumen print.

More than you'd ever want to know about the art & science of the Albumen photo process: http://albumen.conservation-us.org/about/.
Pleased to continue finding that all the world's a stage.
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Matthew Brady did a lot of Civil War photography. Perhaps a look at some of his work, would be in order.
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