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Many times, Charlotte looked at antique photographs for inspiration. Although she was so practiced in drawing that she usually invented any figures, buildings, and settings, she found the old photos thought-provoking. Books such as American Album, edited by Oliver Jensen, and This was Connecticut, by Marvin W. Sandler, gave her ideas for new paintings.

I recently found some enjoyable photographs in the Library of Congress collections. What’s going on, we wonder. Who was in the doorway, with that nice top hat?

I added some details from a few paintings–of course, you could also look at Curve in the Square, Christmas Shopping Street, and many others!

People in the street in the Nantucket painting.

Antique daguerreotype.

More people in the street.

Another daguerreotype.

Christmas Florist. A lot more going on!