Wheeling, West Virginia: F.W. Plummer, circa 1870s. Ferrotype. (10.5 cm. x 8 cm.) Photograph inserted into decorative folding paper envelope with cut out window. Small nick to upper left corner of window. Advertisement for photographic studio with prices on verso with short, small closed tear not affecting type. Archival tape repair to clean tear of paper envelope at fold. Image Fine. Overall, Very Good. Item #135
Tintype carte de visite of an unidentified African American circa 1870s. With the end of the Civil War, African Americans recaptured their humanity, having photographs taken of themselves in their new role as professionals and family and community leaders. This tintype shows an African American man, in his mid to late 20s, wearing the three-piece suit, watch chain and leather bag of a professional man. The prop of the padded, velvet roll-backed furniture in the photograph makes its first appearance in studio portraits after 1866. The age of the subject, his dress and manner, and the background of the photo suggest it is circa the 1870s. A rare survival in fragile paper envelope.