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The images in the collection document a number of unidentified, apparently upper-middle class, African American individuals.  Though the individuals pictured are not named, the collection’s provenance indicates it belonged to the Mingo family of Port Allen, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, as they were acquired in Port Allen in 1991 from the estate of Mrs. Nellie M. Mingo. Because the photographs were made by local photographers and kept in an album found in Port Allen many decades after it was created, it is likely that the people pictured had a long-standing connection to the area.
 

The collection consists of 32 photographic images and includes cabinet card portraits of men, women, and children taken at unidentified studios and by photographers in Andrew David Lytle of Baton Rouge and the Dambley Brothers of Plaquemine, Louisiana, as well as real postcards and photographic prints made in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Cairo, Illinois; New Orleans, La.; and St. Cloud, Minnesota.

 

A visual highlight of the collection is a set of four large format prints from around 1920 carrying the studio imprint of Stevenson Studio, Cairo, Illinois. These images show the stage of a theater with scenes from two different productions, with some cast members in black-face or white-face.

 
 
 
 
 
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