Cabinet card of Buffalo soldier wearing buffalo coat

Photograph by
Grabill, John C. H., American, 1849 - 1903
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Date
ca. 1886
Medium
albumen and silver nitrocellulose on cardboard
Dimensions
H x W (image): 6 3/16 × 3 7/8 in. (15.7 × 9.8 cm)
H x W (card): 6 7/16 × 4 3/16 in. (16.3 × 10.7 cm)
Description
A sepia tone cabinet card photograph of a Buffalo Soldier wearing a buffalo hide coat. Captured in studio against a solid backdrop, a young dark-haired Buffalo Soldier, holding a 25th Infantry uniform cap, stands gazing to his proper left. He wears a calf-length buffalo hair coat and military uniform beneath it. The floor beneath him is a mottled floral pattern, and “J.C.H. Grabill, Photographer” is printed in brown ink across the soldier’s feet. “STURGIS, DAKOTA TER.” is printed at the bottom of the photograph card.
On the reverse of the cabinet card in large reddish ink type is: [Colorado, Wyoming and Dakota / VIEWS. / INCLUDING / Cattle Scenes in Wyoming and Dakota. / FOR SALE BY / J. C. H. GRABILL / STURGIS, DAK. TER.].
Place captured
Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
cabinet photographs
albumen prints
portraits
Topic
American West
Buffalo Soldiers
Clothing and dress
Military
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2020.10.1
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd575c13200-77ad-4784-9728-aeb3fa52bf2f
2 image(s)