Portrait of Sojourner Truth, "I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance," circa 1864

Summary

Cartes-de-visites, small, professionally-made photographs on cardboard stock, remained popular in the United States from the Civil War in the 1860s through the 1880s. This carte-de-visite depicts prominent abolitionist Sojourner Truth. She sold these small portraits to raise money for speaking tours and garner support for the antislavery cause.

Cartes-de-visites, small, professionally-made photographs on cardboard stock, remained popular in the United States from the Civil War in the 1860s through the 1880s. This carte-de-visite depicts prominent abolitionist Sojourner Truth. She sold these small portraits to raise money for speaking tours and garner support for the antislavery cause.

Artifact

Carte-de-visite (Card photograph)

Date Made

circa 1864

Creators

Unidentified 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

66.143.834.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.938 in

Width: 2.375 in

Inscriptions

Printed on back: Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1864 by SOJOURNER TRUTH, in the Clerk's Office of the U.S. District Court, for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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