Thomas Bailey, Rare and Early New Orleans Stereoviews, November 1860

Lot of 5 unseparated albumen prints mounted on greyish card stock with squared corners. Thomas Bailey: Plaquemine, LA, November 18, 1860. Each card is signed in manuscript ink on verso, identifying the scene, location and photographer as "Plaquemine, T. Bailey," as well as the date, "Nov. 18, 1860." Scenes include "Canal St., Showing the New Custom House"; "Canal St. Showing Clay Statue";"Turo Buildings & Clay Statue, Canal St."; "Commercial Place, bet. Camp and St. Charles Sts. and Gravier & Poydras Sts."; "Camp Street Looking South."

The consignor has noted that these may represent some of the earliest stereoviews taken of New Orleans. A review of the Federal Census for 1860 finds no Thomas Bailey living in Plaquemine, but does list a "Bailey" aged 35, living in Thibodaux, LaFourche Parish, occupation "Embrotypes." We suspect that there was a spelling error, and Bailey was an early ambrotypist. Whether this is the same maker of these stereoviews is unknown. "Plaquemine" could refer either to the Parish or town, though we suspect the identification on these cards refers to the town just north of New Orleans.

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


Cardstock typical of the late 1850s. Some surface soiling, toning to images and mounts. Some corner/edge wear to mounts. 

Estimate: $500 - $700
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