Carlisle, nd (1890s?). Item #98-6787
6.5 x 4.25, "J.N. Choate of Carlisle, Pa" in gilt on the front below the image, reverse as a floral pattern with an advertisement for his studio. Cabinet card has light scratches/wear/soiling/spotting, on reverse there are removal marks and offsetting else very good. Image is of a young African-American woman, she is wearing earrings and her hair is pulled back, her dress shows five buttons leading up to the collar. Choate arrived in Carlisle and took over the photography studio st 21 W Main Street (address on cabinet card is 17 W. Main Street, his 1890s address). In 1879 he was hired as the photog for the Carlisle Indian School, a job he kept until his death in 1902. The school was founded that same year by Richard Henry Pratt, commander of a Buffalo Soldiers unit in the 10th Cavalry. According to the "Guide to African American Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives," there were also African Americans enrolled in the Indian school so it is likely that this young woman was one of its students. Scarce.