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Description: PHOTOGRAPH OF SLAVE CHILDREN AT PLAY
An excessively rare, possibly war-date carte de visite photograph, 2 3/8" x 3 5/8", depicting eleven young black children, all holding wooden "muskets" and regarding their "leader", an older youth holding a wooden "sword" at his side. No backstamp, a few trivial spots in margin, else very good. The mount bears a rarely-seen medium blue border, and at the time of this photo's discovery, it was accompanied by a similarly-bordered photo which bore the backstamp of a Louisiana photographer, leading us to believe that the image was taken on a Louisiana plantation, ca. early to mid-1860's. Of course, images of slave children, freed or while in bondage, are extremely rare.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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