Carte-de-visite of John W. Menard shown in bust portrait. Menard's body is turned nearly in profile with his left side foremost, but his head is turned only one quarter and he looks slightly off frame. His hair is parted at his left side and smooth down on the top, but curly on the sides. He has a mustache. Menard wears a dark colored jacket, white shirt, and dark bowtie. The bottom portion of the image is purposefully faded in the popular style of the time. There is a double-lined border printed in gold ink surrounding the outside edges of the card mount.
Handwritten in graphite at the bottom of the print is the text "J. WIllis Menard". All of the mark on the back of the photograph for Swymmer & Leeson except "& LEESON, No. STREET." has been crossed out, with "167 Poydras Street" inscribed at the bottom in ink.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten in graphite in the lower left corner of the album page is the text "Swymmer / Leeson".
A carte de viste featuring a black and white photograph of three children, two girls and a boy, gathered around a man in a chair. All are holding books. In the center, the boy stands wearing a dark colored jacket and pants. He holds a closed book in front of him using both hands, and looks to his proper left at the man seated in the chair. The man sits wearing a light colored jacket and pants. He is looking towards the open book he holds in his proper left hand. On the other side of the boy are two young girls, both seated, wearing light colored dresses with striped ribbon trim at the bottom of the wide hems. Under the picture is printed the title [LEARNING IS WEALTH / WILSON, CHARLEY, REBECCA & ROSA. / Slaves from New Orleans].
On the back is printed the copyright notice and a notice that the proceeds from the sale of the photograph will be devoted to "the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Major General Banks." A photographer's mark reading [CHAS. PAXSON, / PHOTOGRAPHER, / New York] is in the center.