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Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
leather (overall material)
purple (overall color)
Measurements:
open: 33.2 cm x 23.2 cm x 3.2 cm; 13 1/16 in x 9 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in
closed: 11 7/8 in x 8 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 30.1625 cm x 22.225 cm x 3.81 cm
Object Name:
album
Place assembled:
Switzerland
Date made:
1861-1864
Description:
The struggle between North and South was followed with great interest at home and abroad. Portraits of the leading players helped those far from the action imagine the individuals they read about in newspapers. This album was kept by Karl Schenk, who became president of Switzerland in 1865. It contains small portraits known as cartes-de-visite because they were about the size of calling cards people presented at the door when visiting fashionable residences. Introduced in the late 1850s, when a process was devised for making multiple prints from a single glass negative, they functioned mainly as collectables to be preserved in albums.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Civil War  Search this
ID Number:
PG.71.62
Catalog number:
71.62
Accession number:
302789
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Civil War
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1329742