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Salt Print Photograph of an Elderly African-American Woman
[Circa 1850]. Very Good. Unbound. Oval salt print photograph mounted on decorated card mount. Image is approximately 5.25" x 7.25" at its widest points. Some soiling and small nicks or tears on the mount, slight evidence of mounting on the verso, else nice and near fine. Image of an elderly African-American woman with one elbow resting on a table, wearing a turban, and holding a kerchief. The image has been slightly enhanced, probably contemporarily, with ink and wash on the hair, turban, tablecloth, and on the dress. Sadly no additional information is obvious, and annoyingly, old pencil notes on the verso have been erased. Salt print photography was invented in 1839, and was popular up until about 1860. A striking image.
Bookseller: Between the Covers (betweenthecoversrarebooks) [Gloucester City, New Jersey, United States]
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