Photograph of James Brown, Civil War veteran, with a picture of Abraham Lincoln

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Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
President Lincoln, Abraham, American, 1809 - 1865
Brown, James, American, born 1832
Medium
photographic gelatin on photographic paper and paint; paper; ink on newsprint; blue pencil
Dimensions
H x W: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Type
photographs
portraits
Date
May 1936
Description
Elderly African American man with a beard, in a suit, tie, and hat and wearing military medals is turned 3/4 to look at the framed picture of Abraham Lincoln he is holding. Reverse: a newspaper clipping of the same photograph, stamped in purple ink "AMERICAN MAY 29 1936". The title of the article is "Vet, 104, in Parade" with caption in bold and italics: "JAMES BROWN, 104 YEARS OLD! Oldest war veteran left in Illinois." Photograph was intentionally hand-colored with white paint to improve reproduction of the photograph in printed media; the clipping in which the photograph appears is pasted to a paper which is adhered to the photograph.
Topic
African American
Military
Photography
Slavery
United States Colored Troops
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number
2011.51.13
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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