Four men; quarter-plate
  collection of the late Dale F. Walden


"What is there so attractive about it? Even if we find it hanging among Stuarts and Sullys, on the wall of some old-fashioned mansion, we are sure to stop for a moment in vague and wistful thought. Is it naught but the mystery of age that attaches itself to relics of the past -- the haunting smiles of persons whose originals have lain in their tombs for generations, dream-faces that call up love-led days? They look old, these daguerreotypes, as belonging to a far-remote period that has become estranged from us. . . "
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