Item #19513 African American Men Cabinet Card Photographs from Pennsylvania. Cabinet Card African American.
African American Men Cabinet Card Photographs from Pennsylvania
African American Men Cabinet Card Photographs from Pennsylvania

African American Men Cabinet Card Photographs from Pennsylvania

African American, Cabinet Card

Original Photo

[EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] Two albumen cabinet cards from the late 19th century, featuring portraits of young African American men from Pennsylvania. Both cabinet cards are 4.25” x 6.5”. Both young men are photographed just above the chest in three piece suits, when segregation was rampant in Pennsylvania and African Americans were excluded from concert halls, public transportation, schools, churches, orphanages, and other places. The first young man has a shaved head and is wearing a buttoned up coat, a tie, and a pocket square, looking like a handsome teen. The photograph was taken by William Kuser at 1520 Market Street in Philadelphia, according to logo at the bottom of the card. The back of one photograph features a decorative image of flowers and birds, with a logo for the Kuser photography studio. The second cabinet card features a young black man in his early 20's also in a three piece suit with a buttoned up coat or smoking jacket, a tie, and a pocket square. He is sporting a mustache and is smiling slightly. This cabinet card is fromthe photography studio "McCaie" in Easton, Pennsylvania. This second card has a chip in the bottom left corner of the photographer board, but does not affect the albumen photograph itself. Overall, in very good condition. Portraits like these come from a time just after emancipation, when African Americans were creating new lives for themselves. Photography was one way to commemorate freedom and memorialize prosperity.

Item #19513

Price: $450.00