Classic Fall 2006
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Encased within a leatherbound, gilt-edged, 9-1/2" x 11-1/2" album is a gallery of 40 elegant cabinet photos depicting foreign commissioners who attended the U.S. Centennial Exhibition, held in Philadelphia. The dignitaries hail from Brazil, Britain, Russia, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Japan, China, Egypt, Switzerland, Turkey and Australia. Each gentleman is identified by a penciled caption and, best of all, most of the cabinet photos have been beautifully personalized on the lower front or on the reverse by their depicted commissioner. These cordial inscriptions—written in either English or the subject's native language—are addressed to a Mr. Myer Asch, who was an assistant secretary on the Centennial Exhibition's executive committee (and who presumably wrote the captions). In terms of condition, the album itself displays a detached front cover and an unexcessive amount of rubbing to the edges and corners; the cabinet photos, however, have been extremely well-protected over the years and average gorgeous Near Mint condition. Because none of the exhibition commissioners are known personages, their signatures could not be authenticated by our experts. Yet the charm and allure of this one-of-a-kind item are clearly evident regardless of whether the commissioners went on to greater heights of notoriety in their later years.
Intriguing 1875-1876 U.S. Centennial Exhibition Cabinet Photograph Album of Foreign Commissioners
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