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Portrait of an African-American lady
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction Oct 21, 2008, Lot 78)
The celluloid was a popular format in which original photographs were transferred onto celluloid and mounted to a brass, typically freestanding, backing. The pictures depict auspicious and inauspicious moments--from wedding scenes to snapshots of kids in their backyard.