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Hello,  I have a postcard that I believe is a real photo of George Washington and his mother.  Do you think that this is a real photo?  Did they have the technology back in George Washington's day to take photos?  I have never seen a real photograph of George Washington, only the sketches and other images that are typically seen, are there other real photos of George Washington?  I really appreciate your help with my questions.  Looking forward to hearing back from you.

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Although not my expertise here are some facts:

1)  George Washington died in 1799

2)  Until the invention of the  daguerreotype process around 1820, a camera exposure required DAYS.

Given 1) and 2) above, your postcard cannot picture President George Washington.    

Your card is from a painting of George and his mother, Mary Ball Washington by LOUIS EDOUARD FOURNIER.  There are no known paintings of Mary made when she was alive but there were two based on the artist's imagination.  

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-lithograph-of-george-washington-walking-with-hi  

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Almost any question relating to US postal stationery

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Member UPSS 19th century catalog ediorial committee; member UPSS 20-21 century catalog editorial committee; member of APEX examiner committee; published author including regular column on US postal stationery in US Stamp News

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APS, APEX, IFDSA, IPDA, NSDA, UPSS, PSS

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Postal Stationery, journal of the UPSS; Precancel Forum; US Stamp News; EFO Collector; Air Post Journal

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