Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 38

Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
INFAMOUS IMAGE (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) PRIVATE GORDON. "The Scourged Back," carte-de-visite photograph of Private Gordon. Some slight darkening and discoloration consistent with age; on the base of the card stock, beneath the photo someone wrote "Uncle Tom." Reverse with long caption regarding the photograph. Philadelphia: McAllister & Brothers, [1863]

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rare carte-de-visite of Wilson Chin, who bore a brand on his forehead. Chin appeared in numerous photographs together with several other slaves and a number of children. These photos were sold by the Freedman''s Bureau to raise money for the so-called "Sanitary Fairs."