A collection of carte de visite portraits of African American women from the 1860’s.

Sources: Library of Congress, New York Public Library.

cdv, portraits, victorian era, fashion, hair, hairstyles, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1866, 1867, 1868, 1869, sallie, charlotte scott, kate, susie bruce, auburn, new york, sylvanus j. fowler, photographer, chair, furniture, sitting, photography studio, flora stewart, a. w. kimball, manchester, new hampshire, clothing, william abel, freemen, freed slaves, flemington, new jersey, coss, leach, baltimore, maryland, unidentified, mystery, unknown, painted backdrop, bertha henry, fan, decamp, crane, newark, list, curtain, jewelry, new york city, nyc, abraham bogardus, books, book, c. k. bill, sims, gallery, camden, flowers, aunt fannie, servant, fredricks, o’neil, oldest, early, emily holmes, buell, seaver, pittsfield, rare, vintage, documentary, massachusetts, posing, stephen joseph thompson, albany,

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  1. it definitely wasn't rare to see African Americans photographs in the early 1900s. People seem to forget we were among the first group of people on this earth, and around in the Victorian Era.. misleading title bro. We date back to before Christ.

  2. These Black ladies all had beautiful clothes. They have self respect. Compare that with women nowadays wearing “distressed” clothing. Blue jeans faded with tears and cuts, looks horrible. Take a lesson from these Black ladies.