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    Frederick Douglass Carte de Visite.
    2.5" x 4"
    Cincinnati, Ohio; circa 1867

    Bearing a J.P. Ball's imprint on the reverse. A portrait of the famed abolitionist, dressed in a nice three-piece suit. Frederick Douglass was instrumental in creating the Negro-American regiments who fought diligently throughout the Civil War, and became a close advisor to Lincoln. After the war, he supported Grant's 1868 presidential campaign and later became the first African-American to be nominated for Vice President.

    James Presley Ball (1825-1904) was a prominent African-American photographer and abolitionist. He was born free in Virginia, and was taught photography by John B. Bailey. He worked as a traveling daguerreotypist before settling in Cincinnati and opening his own studio, which he ran with his brother-in-law Alexander Thomas. In 1887, he attended the 25th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation event, held in Minneapolis, as the official photographer.

    Condition: Light toning to front. Minor foxing on verso, else good.


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