The all-male images in these superb cartes-de-visite may well have been the freshman members of fraternity Phi Kappa Sigma. Inscriptions written in album (in perfect script) include: "Presented by Mrs. Jas. McFarland, April 8, 1869, Brooklyn, NY"; "E. F. Mordough. Phi Kappa Sigma [Greek characters] Lafayette College Easton Pa." Various photo studios contribute images—Gutenkunst of Philadelphia and Bowers of Brooklyn, among them. The sitters have autographed and dedicated their cards on the back (at least one bears the Greek fraternity inscription, written by an "A. S. Brown"), and many are dated 1874 or 1875. The fraternity was founded at the University of Pennsylvania in 1850, but was forced to operate sub-rosa in 1852 (until 1855). The Lafayette College and Princeton University Chapters were created in 1853.
Leather with embossed scrollwork, with brass clasps. Covering of spine worn away.
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Medium 33 Albumen Prints (cartes-de-visite); 2 tintypes
Photo Date ca.1869-1875 Print Date ca.1869-1875
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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