Antique Photo North Carolina Photographer Self Portrait PROP Camera on Tripod!

Antique Photo North Carolina Photographer Self Portrait PROP Camera on Tripod!

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Original late-1880s, early-1890s cabinet card, photographer outdoors with his equipment, including a camera on tripod.

This is no doubt a self-portrait of Valentine Stirewalt. What is very unusual about this photograph... and it's something I don't think I've ever seen before.. is that the camera appears to be a prop. The theory is that he only had one camera, which was used to take the photo... so Stirewalt had this realistic looking prop made. Interesting!

Cabinet card is 6.5" x 4.25" with blank back. Very good antique condition with light aging and foxing.

Boxed Priority Mail.