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Partially Identified Grouping to a Pennsylvania Officer


Item No. AR38672 Category


Interesting grouping attributed to a Pennsylvania officer known only as “Lewis”. Included in the grouping is a wonderful albumen of 3 Federal officers of varying ranks. Measuring 6″ x 8″ “Lewis” is the officer seated to the far right. His cap rests in his lap with his unit insignia pinned to the front. Unfortunately it is too blurry to read. There are a number of other post war views of “Lewis” included in this group including a cabinet card dressed in civilian clothes with a Johnstown, Pennsylvania back mark, a c.1880’s quarter plate uncased tintype of Lewis with another man as well as a post card view of Lewis dressed in a military uniform from the Spanish American War. Also included is a pencil drawing of a young woman or child which is signed on the front “W. Gerloff Prisoner of War”. On the reverse is an inscription reading “I had one of the prisoners draw this for you. Lewis”. I could not locate a “W. Gerloff” on any prisoner of war rolls. Other items in this group included an uncased ninth plate civilian tintype, 8 additional 19th and 20th century family photographs with several identified on the reverse and a large cabinet card in very rough shape of what is believed to be a photograph of the “Lewis” household with a Collie resting on the front porch. This one could use further research.

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