Early Photographs of African American Subjects, Plus

Cdv of young African American man in a uniform (possibly train or other transportation, eg. street cars, etc.?) No identification, no backmark.

Cabinet photo of a couple, backmark of Dammand, Harlan, Iowa. She may be mixed race.

Cabinet photo of a young man, Albert Smith, aged 12, according to the note on verso signed Victoria Smith. A formally dressed African American boy with a boutonniere in his lapel, a fancy ribbon on his left arm. He holds a book (Bible?) and rosary in his left hand. Another stack of books sits on the table where the boy rests his other arm. There is a wooden pole on a low stool adorned with flowers and two more ribbons with faintly visible images of anchors. (1/8 in. holes punched in all 4 corners)

7.25 x 8.5 in. photo from International News of an African American man tied to a whipping post in Delaware as the sheriff metes out punishment. The accompanying text notes: "Delaware Legislators Refuse to Stop Whipping Post." "...This photo shows the famous Delaware whipping post with sheriff applying the whip. This method of punishing certain classes of criminals is still popular in this state where legislators at the state capitol have indorsed the efficacy of the post by voting almost unanimously to retain it. There was but one vote in favor of abolishing this form of punishment. Wife-beaters and petty thieves are the culprits who usually are dealt with in this manner. ABE FM 3-26-25." One has to believe there was also a racial component.

Vintage photogravure after Winslow Homer's painting Sunday Morning in Old Virginia. Not dated, but engraved by Goupil & Co., Paris and published by D. Appleton & Co., NY ca 1888-1891. Image 8.75 x 11.75 on 12.5 x 16.5 in. sheet of heavy wove paper (almost card stock). The 1877 Homer painting was remarkable for its very human depiction of African Americans, in contrast to the caricatures of the time.

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