CDV Tintypes of Identified African American Children from Richmond, Virginia, Willie Thompson and Josephine Poins, 1868-1869

Lot of 2 CDV tintype studio portraits of identified African American children. 

CDV tintype full-length studio portrait of a young boy. Ennis & Lumpkin: Richmond Virginia, n.d., [1868]. Contemporary ink inscription to card recto: "Willie Thompson / Richmond Va. May 1, 1868." Young Willie stands in a charming white suit with a kepi-style hat on a nearby table which he rests his elbow on. His face and hands have been lightly tinted alongside the green patterned tablecloth. A 6-year-old African American boy by the name of William Thomas is listed in the 1870 federal census of Richmond, and is likely the subject. His father Joseph is listed a laborer and his mother Arretta as a housekeeper. They lived in the Marshall Township area of Richmond and Willie was the fourth of five children. If this is the same person, Willie is about 4 years old in the image. Imprint on card mount verso.

CDV tintype full-length studio portrait of a young girl. C. Campbell: Richmond, Virginia, [1869]. Contemporary ink inscription to card recto: "Josephine Poins. Shaw House / Jun. 18, '69. Richmond, Va." Josephine wears a sweet checkered dress with black ribbon at the lace collar. Scalloped edge white pantaloons emerge from beneath her skirt and her lovely black boots are visible. Her hair is parted down the center with curls framing her young face. Imprint to card mount verso. 


Some spotting and toning to cards, mostly to versos. 

Estimate: $400 - $600
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