CDV of a "Carpetbagger," by Twining & Twifords, Burlington, IA

CDV of an eclectically dressed young man holding a large pouch on his lap with one hand and an umbrella with the other. Twining & Twiford's Gallery: Burlington, IA, n.d., ca 1866. Three-cent revenue stamp affixed to verso. 

"Carpetbagger" was the derisive term used to describe Northerners who traveled south to seek personal, financial, or political advantage upon the fall of the Confederate government. The term refers to the then-common traveler's bag, carried by many such opportunists, which was made out of carpet scraps. The subject shown in the carte featured here holds what appears to be such a resourcefully fabricated pouch. 

Henry Twining (1827-1901) was a photographer born in Ohio, but active in Burlington, Iowa, after he moved there in 1854. According to Burlington city directories, Twining and his partner, Archibald S. Twiford (1822-1884), operated a gallery on Third Street in 1866. Shortly thereafter, the two men went their separate ways. Twining continued operating his own gallery on Third Street until the mid 1880s, and Twiford went on to partner with photographer J.G. Baird, operating a gallery on Jefferson Street through the early 1870s. The Annual Report of the Iowa State Agricultural Society for the year 1865 records that Twining & Twiford achieved the designations "Second best plain vignettes" and "Best photographic views" against nine other entries in their class.


CDV with light surface soil, tiny abrasions, and wear to edges and corners. Modern pencil inscription on verso reading, "Added to my collection: June 9, 1982."

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