Boudoir Cards of African Americans by Western Photographers

Lot of 4 boudoir cards, each approx. 8.25 x 4 in., of African American subjects, including:

Portrait of well-dressed middle-aged man with swagger stick. C.D. Kirkland: Cheyenne, Wyoming, n.d., circa 1895.

Portrait of gentleman with manuscript inscription on verso: "From Wm. McGinnis / To his Old friend / Will Gray / Dec. 1st, 1880." Uncredited: Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1880. William McGinnis (1848-1890) was described in his obituary, printed in the Cheyenne Daily Sun on February 15, 1890, as "an old timer in his period of residence here, having come to Wyoming in 1868." He is listed in the 1870 Census for South Pass City, Wyoming as a "waiter in an eating house" and in the 1880 Census in Cheyenne as a "servant" living with his wife Hannah and infant daughter Adelaide. He was buried in the local AME Church. He was possibly a veteran of the Civil War, with a Military Registry noting that he was a "messenger."

Studio portrait of well-dressed woman with parasol. Albright: Albuquerque, New Mexico, n.d., circa 1895. 

Studio portrait of woman holding a photo album with "Our Friends" on front cover. L.T. Hazeltine: Virginia City, Montana, n.d., circa 1890. 


All with minor scuffing. Generally very good condition.

Estimate: $600 - $1,000
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