Mar 25, 2021 - Sale 2562

Sale 2562 - Lot 39

Price Realized: $ 531
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Charles Paxson; photographer. Learning is Wealth: Wilson, Charley, Rebecca & Rosa, Slaves from New Orleans. Albumen carte de visite photograph, 3 1/4 x 2 inches, on original printed mount; minimal wear. New York, 1864

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The fair-skinned children in this photograph, Charley, Rebecca and Rosa, had recently been freed from slavery, and their images were used to stir up sympathy against the institution. Wilson Chinn, the freedman at right, had been depicted in another photograph with various instruments of torture used on slaves. Here Chinn and the children are shown learning reading together as free people. The image was produced as a fundraiser, as stated on verso: "The nett proceeds from the sale of these Photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Gen'l Banks."

With--another carte de visite of an albino African American girl, Helen Ann Windman Walker, who was exhibited widely as a circus attraction. Albumen photograph, 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches, on plain mount, captioned on verso in pencil: "Feb 1862, Ellen Walker, Paterson, NY."