Lot of 4 1864 W50 Prang Album Cards (Lincoln, Douglas).
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DescriptionLot of 4 1864 W50 Prang Album Cards (Lincoln, Douglas). From the John Esch Collection. Louis Prang, a Prussian immigrant in Boston, developed a popular business selling lithographs and maps in the years around the Civil War. One of the products that was sold was a series of CDV-sized cards (2.5" x 4") that featured prominent individuals and were designed to be held in special collector's albums. Four of these cards are available for consideration: Abraham Lincoln, as well as a card depicting his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln's political rival, Stephen Douglas is the subject of one card, as is his wife, Adele Cutts Douglas. All four of the cards exhibit foxing due to age, but none of them have significant damage issues. The reverse of each is stamped "Golden & Sammons. No. 1 South Clark St, Chicago." A fascinating grouping of Civil War-era images.
Guide Value or Estimate: $200 - up.
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