Lantern slide of the slave dealers, Birch & Co., in Alexandria, Virginia

Photograph by
Brady, Mathew, American, 1822 - 1896
Manufactured by
McAllister, Thomas H., American, 1824 - 1898
Subject of
Price, Birch & Co., American, 1858 - 1861
United States Army, American, founded 1775
Date
1862
Medium
albumen, sodium chloride, silver nitrate, glass, metal, ink on paper, adhesive
Dimensions
H x W (image): 2 11/16 × 2 7/8 in. (6.8 × 7.3 cm)
H x W x D (slide and mount): 3 1/4 × 4 1/8 × 1/4 in. (8.2 × 10.5 × 0.6 cm)
Description
Lantern slide of the slave trading firm of Price, Birch, & Co. of Alexandria, Virginia. The slide depicts a three story building is set to the right of the slide. A sign on the building reads “PRICE BIRCH & CO. / DEALERS IN SLAVES.” A tree is at the center of the image. Arrayed in the foreground are a horse, covered wagon and 10 soldiers. All the men are in full uniform, including hats, rifles, and swords. Printed vertically on the left of the image is “T.H. McALLISTER, Manufacturing Optician,.” Printed vertically on the right side of the image is “49 NASSAU STREET, NEW YORK.” A paper label is adhered to the back of the slide. Handwritten vertically in ink is “0290 Price, Birch & Co.’s Slave Pen / Alex. Va” The slide is in a metal frame.
Place captured
Alexandria, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Type
lantern slides
Topic
American South
Business
Commerce
Domestic slave trade
Military
Photography
Slavery
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865
United States Colored Troops
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Liljenquist Family
Object number
2018.43.6
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd55fe4cbd7-ff3c-4256-b587-9ed2176f8e9c
2 image(s)