Charlie Smart, Tenth Cavalry Real Photo Postcard, Plus

Lot of 2 real photo postcards depicting Charles Smart, comprising:

Real photo postcard with an oval portrait of an African American soldier from the 10th Cavalry. N.p., n.d. Manuscript note on verso "Charlie Smart." A Charles H. Smart served with the 10th Cavalry and first appears in records from Holguin, Cuba with Company K in 1902 as a private. He was stationed at Ft. Robinson, now with Company H, in December 1906, and participated in the Philippine-American War, stationed at Fort William McKinley in the Philippines in 1908. The unit was transferred east to Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont with records showing Smart there throughout 1910. A final record shows that he had been promoted to corporal and discharged and reenlisted at Fort Ethan Allen in April 1913. 

Real photo postcard studio portrait of an African American soldier holding an American flag. N.p., n.d. The subject wears his cavalry hat, khaki fatigue blouse, trousers, and stirrup leggings. The uniform is similar to those worn by cavalrymen in the late 19th century and early 20th century during the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, both of which saw heavy action from the all-Black regiments. 


First with minor handling wear. Second has been removed from a scrapbook; some minor wear.

Estimate: $250 - $450
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