This image features a handsome and dashing African American man in his best clothes staring directly at the viewer. You get a sense that this man is looking right into your soul as he gazes back while sitting for this image. You want to know his name and where he is from. What he did for a living.While very possibly a servant or slave in this era, one gets the feeling, or perhaps hopes, that this man was a free man who found rare success for a free African American man in his time. He sits as if a young entrepreneur or a man of means. Very rare for this time in American history. It is often said that some families felt so highly of their African American servants, keepers and cooks that they often included them in photos with their families. And even more rarely, paid to have their picture taken by themselves. We like to think that these peoples' pictures were just as worthy to be taken as anyone and it's a gift to the future that we can look back in time and know they existed when we view them. Condition: In overall good condition for age. The oval glass over the tintype is cracked. The tintype is not affected.
Small losses to the case but hinge works and clasp works to close it just fine. Cased in a Littlefields & Parsons Co.Ask any additional questions if needed. Picture - 2 1/4" x 1 7/8". Case - 2 3/4" x 2 1/4".
The item "19th Century 1/9 Tintype Photo Of Dashing African American Man In Suit" is in sale since Saturday, August 6, 2016. This item is in the category "Art\Art Photographs". The seller is "upstatetreasures14" and is located in Kingston, New York.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.