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I am posting on behalf of an archivist colleague of mine, who has a photograph that he is trying to investigate. His question is one that I have never come across. Can anyone help?

"I ran across a bit of a curiosity in the photo line and thought you might be able to shed some light or have some thoughts.  In the attached photo the wife of the man seated is standing at a 90 degree angle from him.  I was wondering if there was any significance or meaning behind this positioning.  The shot is in the early to mid 1860s.   Any thoughts much appreciated."

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