Two different cartes-de-visite/photographers of the African American conjoined twins, Millie-Christine McCoy

J.H. Fitzgibbon: St. Louis, nd (1866-1876). Paperback. Very Good. Item #21-8754

4 x 2.5", light creasing, soiling and spotting, images light. The Fitzgibbon photo: "2 headed girl, Millie Crissie", shows them wearing crowns with stars, chokers and one sister is holding a large piece of paper. Gihon: no title, just "copyright secured" but their name is written in pencil on the back, both are wearing bows and small dangling earrings in front of a table and chair that are covered in fringed throws. Millie-Christine, 1851-1912, were born into slavery in North Carolina and it wasn't long before the years of exploitation began. They were sold several times and even kidnapped. After obtaining their freedom they traveled around the world (frequently with PT Barnum) and even got to meet Queen Victoria. Their act was often billed as "Carolina Nightingales", Millie singing alto and Christine singing soprano. They were very successful and were able to buy the property they grew up on where they built a mansion and lived there between tours. Mille died from tuberculosis in 1912 and Christine died the day after. SCARCE. Sold as a pair.

Price: $300.00

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