1860's Stephen Parsons signed CDV Photo, Albany County, New York
On reverse: "Cousin Stephen Parsons" is handwritten in pencil. Photo type: Original Antique Victorian CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph, 1864-66 Civil War period. Photographer: J.H. Abbott, No. 480 Broadway, Albany, Albany County, New York, NY. (known to be photographer Jordan Abbott, Jordan H. Abbott 1830–1879 born in Ross Corners, York County, Maine and died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Note: There were a number of NYS Abbott brothers who were photographers, all born in Shapleigh, York County, Maine)
In August 1864 to August 1866, the US government taxed photographs to help pay for the American Civil war. Revenue stamps were placed on the back of photos, and “hand cancelled" by the photographer. CDV's with revenue stamps are collectible for stamp and vintage photography collectors. It is also a wonderful way to date a Civil War era photograph. This CDV has a green 2 cent revenue stamp. This family photo is slightly trimmed on edges, usually to fit into the tight Victorian paper photo album sleeves. It does not affect the actual image in any way.
This photo was found in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. The Parsons surname is very prevalent in historical Albany, New York. A beautiful Civil war era piece. A beautiful image of Stephen Parsons in the 1864-1866 years. We believe him to be born about 1820-1835. Do you know this family? We found evidence of a Stephen Parsons, attorney or lawyer in Albany NY in the 19th century.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)
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