Admiral Dot by T.T. Tuthill, Moravia NY

Admiral Dot, by Tuthill

My newest Admiral Dot image. At least I believe it is Admiral Dot, on tour in Moravia, NY.

Admiral Dot, by Tuthill
Admiral Dot, by Tuthill

Here are some other Admiral Dot images for comparison:

Admiral Dot age 13
Admiral Dot age 13
Admiral Dot age 14
Admiral Dot age 14
Admiral Dot age 18
Admiral Dot age 18
Admiral Dot with Lottie Swartwood
Admiral Dot with Lottie Swartwood

Although the new image is not labeled, I think he looks an awful lot like the Admiral Dot in the last photo with his wife, Lottie Swartwood. Judge for yourselves, and let me know what you think.

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Second Pose – Lavinia Warren by Appleton

Lavinia Warren, by Appleton

I just acquired another CDV of Lavinia Warren by Appleton of New York. What’s interesting is that here the photographer, A.A. Turner, is also credited on the studio imprint. I’m assuming that in order for this to have happened, Mr. Turner must have been a financial partner in the business or otherwise a major player, because the other name studios of the period never credited the camera operators, even ones who later went on to have extremely notable careers of their own (Timothy O’Sullivan and Alexander Gardner both worked for Mathew Brady at some point but are not credited on Brady’s cartes de visite, even when Gardner was Brady’s studio manager in DC and helped restore the financial well-being of the studio).

Lavinia Warren, by Appleton
Lavinia Warren, by Appleton

For comparison I’m including the other Lavinia Warren image by Appleton I have:

Lavinia Warren, by Appleton
Lavinia Warren, by Appleton

These appear to be different sittings, as her outfit and the furniture in both scenes are different.

Tom Thumb, Lavinia Warren by C.D. Fredricks

My biggest collecting theme so far is Tom Thumb. I got started when I was first starting to collect CDVs and found one of the Tom Thumb wedding photos by Brady with the facsimile signatures on the verso. Lately I’ve been spurred in my collecting to see if they can outdo Frederick Douglass in their image-making as the most photographed people of the 19th century (see my blog post about Tom Thumb and Frederick Douglass)

ThumbWarrenChairFredricksCDV

This is another CDV of Tom Thumb and his wife, Lavinia Warren, by C.D. Fredricks. I think I’m up to 25 now, and I know there are at least a dozen more images I don’t have that are in reasonably widespread circulation. I don’t think I have any that are particularly rare. This was a very nice acquisition as it is in near-mint condition and the print is exceptionally sharp and fresh.