When it comes to Civil War era images of dogs and humans, you’ll find our canine friends almost always posed with boys, men and soldiers. Here is a rarity: A girl and presumably her faithful friend. The girl pictured here, with curled hair and dressed in a light colored frock, stands poses with a most attentive dog. The dog is in sharp focus, and kudos to photographer Israel Francis Irving Alger (1828-after 1900) for managing to keep her four-legged friend still. The large photographer’s back mark of the reverse of the mount dates this carte de visite to the late 1860s. This image was recently added to my collection.
A young girl who wears a cross around her neck cradles a doll in her arms. On the back of the mount is pasted an internal revenue service stamp that has been hand cancelled with the date “Oct 9.” As these stamps were used by the government to pay for the war from September 1864 to September 1866, this photograph can be dated to October 9, 1864 or 1865.