Cass County Michigan African American Photo Album & Tintypes 1860s-1940s. Description: Photograph Album of an African American and Mixed Race Family Living in Cass County, Michigan. An album of African American and mixed race photographs, mainly from Cass, County, Michigan, in a 19th century binding of blue cloth with metal spine and clasp. The album contains sixteen tintypes depicting African Americans in formal dress, as well as a rich collection of early 20th century images of African American and mixed race subjects. These include CDVs and cabinet cards with Michigan and Racine, Wisconsin imprints, a circa 1920 photograph of the "Colored Church in Vandalia, Michigan", an image of an animal slaughtering, plus many portraits as well as a series of photographic collages, where a compiler has pasted small family portraits to both sides of a board and placed them into the album.
We are able to find around fifteen names identified in the album, and it is likely that the album belonged to Zora Mourning, born 1887 in Calvin Township, Cass County, Michigan, died in South Bend, Indiana in 1975 (the album contains a real photo postcard addressed to Zora and originated at an estate near South Bend). One of the CDVs depicts two two young girls, circa 1890, identified as Flossie Walden and Bertha Copley.Census records list Bertha as "Mulatto" and place the pair in a household in Calvin Township. Further research indicates that Bertha was Zora Mourning's cousin. Some other identified individuals include: Oscar James, listed as "Mulatto" who apparently lived in Calvin in 1880 before moving to South Bend; Clara Harris, also "Mulatto", also living in Calvin; Carrie Jones, "Black", living in Cassopolis, Michigan; John Hunt, of Dowagiac Michigan, and more. Cass County was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Some soiling to album and tears to album leaves, cloth pulling from outside of binding. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. The item "Cass County Michigan African American Photo Album & Tintypes 1860s-1940s" is in sale since Saturday, May 2, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Photo Albums". The seller is "jarmac17" and is located in Aiken, South Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.