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Bob Lansdale and Louise Freyburger are trying to research this image. They writes...We know the name of Regiment – the 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot, stationed in London, Ontario, CANADA at the time of the Fenian Raids (1866-1870). The tintype was found in a letter in a staircase when they demolished an old barracks. It made the newspapers when found in 1947. The mystery is why it was never mailed. The letter was from “No 354 John Banks C Company 53rd Regt” addressed to his "sister" “Mrs [Charles] Rayner/Pantile House/Barling near Rochford/Essex/England,” dated August 24, 1867.
We wonder if there are duplicates of this image which can offer further information. Can anyone add to our information about the Regiment and the people? If so, I would be delighted to hear from you regarding my research of this lost tintype that the soldier's sister never got to see. Its for an article in Photographica Canadiana, the journal of the Photograhic Historical Society of Canada (PHSC).
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