United States Civil War Portrait Album

Description
The struggle between North and South was followed with great interest at home and abroad. Portraits of the leading players helped those far from the action imagine the individuals they read about in newspapers. This album was kept by Karl Schenk, who became president of Switzerland in 1865. It contains small portraits known as cartes-de-visite because they were about the size of calling cards people presented at the door when visiting fashionable residences. Introduced in the late 1850s, when a process was devised for making multiple prints from a single glass negative, they functioned mainly as collectables to be preserved in albums.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
album
date made
1861-1864
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
leather (overall material)
purple (overall color)
Measurements
open: 11 7/8 in x 17 5/8 in x 1 13/32 in; 30.1625 cm x 44.7675 cm x 3.556 cm
closed: 11 7/8 in x 8 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 30.1625 cm x 22.225 cm x 3.81 cm
place assembled
Switzerland
ID Number
PG*71.62
catalog number
71.62
accession number
302789
subject
Civil War
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Civil War
Photography
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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