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The carte de visite features a portrait image of two African-American males who are identified as contraband, a term used to describe fugitive slaves who crossed Union army lines. In the photograph, one man is seated in a chair while the second man stands with his proper right forearm draped over the former's proper left shoulder. Both wear tattered clothing.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
4 3/16 X 2 1/2 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
albumen print on paper card
recto, handwritten in ink: No. 10 / No. 10 / Contrabands as they appear / for admission to Federal Lines / Baton Rouge Louisiana 1863 / Contrabands- verso, handwritten in ink: Contrabands as / they appear for / admission to Federal / Lines / Baton Rouge La 1863 verso, printed: W. A. BIGELOW. / PHOTOGRAPHER, / MERRIMACK STREET, / Haverhill, Mass.
Contraband of war; Fugitive slaves--United States
cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
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