FULL SEATED CDV VIEW OF AN IDENTIFIED AMPUTEE

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The subject of this image is Mr. Charles S. Tallman who was a survivor of the wreck of the CHRISTINA. Tallman’s story is told in a newspaper article;

Charles Tallman of New Bedford had signed as mate on the bark Bounding Billow and was to join her in New York where he learned the vessel had left for Boston. He joined the schooner Christina as mate on a passage to Boston, sailing from Brooklyn, Jan. 4, 1866, with Captain Leach and four others. The schooner lay over in Vineyard and was becalmed the next day off Nauset until a northeast gale arose. With heavy snow falling, the Christina headed back for the Vineyard and struck on Hawes’ Shoal. The schooner pounded until her hull was stove. The men took to the rigging. The temperature was 20 degrees below zero, and only Tallman survived the four days and nights of this nightmare.

A woman at Cape Pogue Light had seen him move in the rigging and alerted a rescue party that had difficulty clearing from Edgartown harbor because of the ice. Tallman was lowered from the rigging. The whaleboat rescue party of Vineyarders was made up of Thomas Dunham; James, George and Charles Fisher; Edward Luce and Eugene Wilber. In the late seventies Mr. Tallman sold peanuts and curios to the summer crowd at Oak Bluffs, occupying an octagonal pavilion supplied to him by the Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Co

Image shows a bearded Tallman seated in a chair flanked by his crutches. He wears a dark coat with light trousers and vest. Clearly visible are two flat round pads where his feet used to be. He sits by a very ornate draped table. Image is clear and clean with good contrast.

The reverse of the image has a short section of text relating the highlights of the story above. [ad]

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