"Slaves from New Orleans, Learning is Wealth," Pair of CDVs Incl. Wilson Chinn Reading to the Children

Lot of 2 CDVs titled on recto, "Learning is Wealth / Wilson, Charley, Rebecca & Rosa. / Slaves from New Orleans." Charles Paxson: New York, NY, 1864. Both cartes designated No. 6 of the series, although each is a slightly different pose taken during the same sitting. Verso with copyright to S. Tackaberry, New York, and the appeal "The nett proceeds from the sale of these photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Gen'l Banks."

Several CDVs of this type were sold by the National Freedman's Association in 1864 and 1865 in order to garner the support of Northern whites who had no sympathy for enslaved African Americans, but were shocked and outraged at the sight of "white" enslaved people. Images such as these were used to stir the outrage among Northern audiences and renew their support of abolition and commitment to the war effort. The subjects in the CDVs appeared in other photographs and periodical articles produced at this time. 

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


CDV of Charley looking down has lightened; even toning to image and mount. CDV of Charley looking right with surface soiling, few spots/smudges, and clipped corners; toning to image and mount. 

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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