Carte-de-visite Album Compiled by John Badger Bachelder (1825-1894)
Leather-bound album with brass edges and clasps, with Bachelder's initials engraved on a brass shield attached to the front board, containing twenty-one leaves, most formatted to hold four smaller cards per page, a few designed to hold one larger picture; displaying 128 2 1/2 x 4 in. portraits taken from life, paintings or busts; and nine larger cards, mostly of unidentified women; notable subjects from the smaller-format group, taken from life, include the following people: Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, and wife; Fanny Fern; Victor Hugo; actress Clara Morris; two of Queen Victoria; Prince Albert; Gladstone; U.S. Grant; Hayes; James Garfield; Chester Arthur; Grover Cleveland; Benjamin Harrison; Gustave Eiffel; Charles Darwin; Alfred Lord Tennyson; British poet Jean Ingelow; Anthony Trollope; Cetshwayo kaMpande, King of the Zulus; William Cullen Bryant; Samuel Morse; Longfellow; George Curtis; Charles Dickens; two of Emerson; P.T. Barnum; William Lloyd Garrison; Hawthorne; Thomas Nash; Edgar Allan Poe (after his portrait); Jefferson Davis; Whittier; a young Thomas Edison; James Russell Lowell; Franz Liszt; Richard Wagner; Harriet Beecher Stowe; and many others; one of the larger portraits shows a young girl who may be African American or Native American, she looks to be approximately six or eight years old, with a dark complexion, searching eyes, her mouth set, gold hoop earrings in both ears, her hair is long and curly, pulled back, with unruly bangs, and she wears a double-breasted velvet coat, with a big silk bow and a conspicuous gold watch chain, the card does not have the mark of a studio, the only clue is a pencil inscription on the verso: Key West; cards are generally in good shape, the binding is failing slightly, a.e.g., 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. overall.
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