July 30, 2020 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati
Ends August 10, 2020


Two Civil War-Era CDVs, Incl. "Young Africa" Signed by 1st Sergeant George Napier Perkins, 57th USCT

Lot of 2 CDVs, including carte reproducing "Black Conscription," a cartoon by John Tenniel (English, 1820-1914) originally published in Punch; or, The London Charivari on September 26, 1863. Targeted towards a Southern audience, the cartoon imagines farcical implications of black soldiers fighting in the Civil War, with text below reading, "When Black Meets Black Then Comes The 'End Of War' - And Slavery." 

Completed by a vignetted portrait of a young African American child, presumably an enslaved person, entitled, "Young Africa: Or, The Bone of Contention" published by Anthony in 1862. Signed "Geo. Perkins" beneath image by George Napier Perkins (1842-1914), a lawyer and editor of the Oklahoma Guide, the longest continuously published black weekly paper in the Oklahoma Territory. Perkins was born into slavery in Tennessee and served in the Union Army during the Civil War, attaining the rank of first sergeant with Co. C, 57th USCT. After the conflict, he attended law school and was admitted to the Arkansas bar, before dominating the Western political arena as a civil rights activist and publishing mogul. 


CDVs with overall toning and light surface soil. Residue from previously removed adhesive on verso of Tenniel carte, with areas of foxing to Anthony carte.

Estimate: $250 - $350
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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