Monroe, nd (1870s). Item #98-4246
Oblong 4.25 x 6.5, printed on reverse "E.W. Mealy, photographer, Monroe, La." Curled, scattered spotting, light stain in margins, light soiling (mainly on the back). Portrait shows a young girl with blonde hair, possibly seven or eight years old, reclining on a cloth covered bed (?) with flowers and ivy surrounding her on one side and a small china doll tucked in next to her. E. (Elias) M. Mealy, 1833-1908, was a Richmond native who served in the War Between the States in the 16th Mississippi Volunteers. In 1865 he opened a photography studio in New Orleans. By 1867, he had moved to Monroe, Louisiana, and opened up a photo studio and fine art gallery. Mealy was very successful in his endeavors and was one of the most well known photographers in Monroe. He and his wife are buried in the Old City Cemetery, Ouachita Parish, Monroe, Louisiana.