Pair of CDVs by Alexander S. Thomas.
CDV bust self-portrait. A.S. Thomas: Cincinnati, Ohio, n.d. ca 1880. 166 West Fifth Street imprint on verso.
CDV vignetted bust portrait of Thomas's wife, Elizabeth J. (Ball) Thomas. A.S. Thomas: Cincinnati, Ohio, n.d., ca 1880. 116 West Fifth Street imprint on verso.
Alexander S. Thomas (d.1910) was the brother-in-law and business partner of renowned African American photographer, James Presley Ball. Born in Louisiana, Thomas lived in New Orleans before his October 1850 marriage to his future partner's sister, Elizabeth J. Ball and his relocation to the city of Cincinnati. The partnership between Ball and Thomas produced unique photographs of some of the era's most important figures. After the dissolution of their partnership, Thomas partnered with Ball's younger brother, Thomas C. Ball, operating a studio with him until the younger Ball's death in 1875.
Both CDVs with some surface soil and light discoloration. Self portrait with some spotting. Both mounts with surface soil and wear to edges and corners. Both with collection/identification codes penciled to verso.
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