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Ambrotype Portrait of John D. Rockefeller
Cleveland: Wiliam C. North, 1857. Sixth-plate ambrotype (3 3⁄4 x 3 1⁄4 in.), with Rockefeller's cheeks hand-tinted. Oval brass mat and ornate brass retainers in decorated thermoplastic case with hidden single clasp; decorated red velvet lining. Old manuscript note reading "J. D. Rockefeller Born July 8, 1839 at Richford, N. Y." Engraved on the retainer is the photographer's imprint: "Wm. C. North Cleveland, O." Minor specking to painted black areas; lacking seal; one large chip and several minor chips to case. Very good condition. This famous portrait of John D. Rockefeller is the earliest known photograph of the greatest titan of American business and industry. When he sat for this photograph in 1857 or 1858, the 18-year-old Rockefeller was working as a bookkeeper in Cleveland. He began his own business in 1859, built his first oil refinery in 1863, and established Standard Oil in 1870, revolutionizing the nascent petroleum industry. Rockefeller was the wealthiest man in history and the first great modern philanthropist. As a percentage of the United States economy, no other American fortune has ever come close to that of Rockefeller. Apart from the immense fortune his amassed (perhaps $1 billion at the turn of the century) and the national economy he helped fuel with Standard Oil and its descendants, Rockefeller established the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and the Rockefeller Foundation, which for almost a century have been leaders in their fields."The r … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: 19th Century Rare Book and Photograph Shop [United States]
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