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    [Robert E. Lee]: Family Photos of George W. Minnis, One of Lee's Personal Photographers. Pair of matching cartes-de-visite [CDVs] of George W. Minnis and his wife Mary, each with Vannerson and Minnis of Richmond back marks. Sold together with a CDV of their daughter Mira [b. 1856] that has a G. W. Minnis of Petersburg back mark. Accompanied by an inscribed 6" x 4" card indicating the album belonged to Mrs. Martin Heller [Margaret Brander] who was a governess or relative of Jefferson Davis during the war, later residing in Petersburg, Virginia. "This album contains pictures of many of my relatives [Mrs. Sam Priestley] & other prominent families of the south." (loss along left edge). Margaret Brander lived in the same building as the Minnis family in Richmond in 1860. The photograph of Mira was made in Petersburg in about 1875. Apparently, the album was inherited by Mrs. Priestley from her aunt Margaret. These are the only known and identified photographs of George Minnis and his family.
    From the collection of Dr. Donald Hopkins.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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