Original stereoview card of George Washington's tomb, Mount Vernon, Va. c.1866 albumen print by the renowned photographer Alexander Gardner. I picked this up on Ebay for $6..! A contemporary of photographer Mathew Brady, Gardner was famous for his photographs of the Civil War, portraits of President Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen.U.S. Grant, Gen. George Custer (among many others), the execution photos of the Lincoln conspirators, images of the American West and Native Americans. He is considered to be one of the most important photographers in American history. This stereoview is one of a series, "The Home of Washington Illustrated", he did for the Mount Vernon Preservation Association as listed on the back of the card.
Two sweet Ebay finds. On the left....An original Civil War era tax-stamped carte de visite portrait photo of Ella J. Young, taken by photographers Pine & Bell of Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. This has the then-required internal revenue tax stamp to pay for the Civil War. The stamp is initialed by the photography studio (P&B). This photo was taken between August 1864 and August 1866, but as she is obviously a "tween" here, this photo was probably taken in 1864 or early 1865. She was born in 1853 so she was probably 11 or 12 in this photo. A life-long resident of the city from a prominent family, Ella was the daughter of Troy dentist Orange R. Young & Maria Bardwell, attended the Troy Seminary for 4 years, and married prominent businessman Stephen H. Williamson, who had a large livery stable and horse/vehicle rental business in downtown Troy. Sepia toned albumen print carte de visite 2 1/2"x 4".
Photo on the right is also a carte de visite sepia toned albumen print c.1870... 2 1/2" x 4". taken by the New York Gallery studio of photographer J.H.Peters in San Francisco.
© Joseph Greco