CDV OF "RELICS OF ANDERSONVILLE" PHOTOGRAPHED FOR 1866 NATIONAL FAIR

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This CDV captures a display of items from Andersonville. A table and shelves are covered with many simple pieces of prisoner-made eating utencils such as plates, bowls, strainers, and small buckets. Two other more sinister items are a fixed artillery round and a section of the "Dead Line". Image is very clear with good contrast. A few small rust spots are found along the right edge.

Printed text below image reads, "Relics from Andersonville Prison from the collection brought from there by Miss Clara Barton and Dorence Atwater, Aug., 1865, and photographed by Brady & Co. for the great Washington Fair. Washington, June, 1866." with Brady's imprint below that.

Photographer's backmark is M.B. Brady & Co., Washington, DC & New York.

Clara Barton, to support her effort for proper burial of the Andersonville dead, and to raise money for veteran relief in general, displayed and sold souvenirs of Andersonville. As early as 1866, the year this photograph was recorded by Brady, Barton discovered that veterans had already begun to collect relics of the war. Carefully identified by descriptive labels and placed on a crudely built stepped display, the artifacts are a spectacle composed for the camera to attract alms from survivors.

This is from the late William Turner collection.  [jet] [ph:L]

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