Cabinet Card Portrait of Rosa Simmons, Wife of Calvin Simmons, circa 1896, Plus

Lot of 2 cabinet cards of African Americans by South Dakota photographers, comprising: 

Studio portrait of a young woman sitting in a wicker studio chair. Glendenning: Madison, South Dakota, n.d., circa 1896. Imprint on recto. Identified in very light pencil on verso: "Calvin Simmons girl Rosa [illegible] when 18 years old." A Calvin Simmons (d.1915), originally from Mississippi, is buried in Clark County, South Dakota and it is noted that he is the "first Black buried in Clark County" and "served as personal servant of G.W. McSpadden during the Civil War." A Calvin Simmons was enlisted on March 13, 1865, into Company E of the 6th USCT. This does appear to be the same Calvin Simmons listed in the 1910 Federal Census of Day Township in Clark County whose wife is listed as "Rosa B." Simmons, listed as Black man born in July 1861 who works as a stonemason. Rosa's birth year is listed as 1878, and if she is indeed 18 years old in this image, it was taken circa 1896. 

Studio portrait of a group of children, two boys and two girls. Miller: Clark, South Dakota, n.d., circa 1895. Imprint on recto. Inscription on verso: "A Merry Xmas / To / Grandma & Aunt Belle."


Both in very good condition.

Estimate: $200 - $400
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