New York: Powell and Co, 1865.
Single oval silver albumen photomontage, 10 x 8 3/4 inches, mounted on a larger sheet with tinted background, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches overall. The sign 11x14 inches. Very minor soiling and staining Item #352438
A photographic montage featuring portraits (mostly from Mathew Brady's studio) of Lincoln, Vice President Hamlin, and the 157 senators and congressmen who voted to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery. The man in the center of the montage is Schuyler Colfax, the journalist and representative from Indiana who became Vice President under Andrew Johnson. This photomontage became quite popular at the time, and was also printed in a much smaller stereocard format measuring about three by two and a half inches. An identification key to the figures in this photograph was printed separately. An uncommon contemporary tribute to the men who finally brought an end to slavery in the United States, with copies at Cornell, the Morgan, National Portrait Gallery, Gilder Lehrman Institute, University of Rochester, and Henry Ford Museum.
The creator of this montage, George May Powell, was a man of diverse talents and influence. He served as founder of the Evangelical Press Association and Oriental Topographical Corps (where he led an expedition through Egypt and North Africa to create educational maps of Palestine and the Holy Land for school children), was president of the National Forest Council and Intensive Agricultural Society, and ran unsuccessfully for congress on the Prohibition ticket. He was also a long-time supporter of President Lincoln and worked in the Treasury Department during the Civil War. The accompanying point-of-sale broadside for this "Great National Picture" scarce if not unique.
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