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    Millie Christine Cartes de Visite (4).
    Measuring approximately 2.5" x 4" each
    No place, circa 1860s-1880s

    A group of four cartes de visite of famed conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy. The first is photstamped H.L. Germons, Philadelphia, circa 1868-1871. The second is photostamped Ollivier Photo, New York; circa 1868-1871 and features a poem about the girls on verso. The third, Bertin, Brighton; circa 1870s. And the final, Brown, Barnes & Bell, no place; circa late 1870s/early 1880s.

    The twins, later known as "The Carolina Twins" or "The Two-Headed Nightingale", were born into slavery in 1851. They were showcased by numerous owners until the emancipation of slavery in 1863. Following that, they were taken in by former owner Joseph Pearson Smith, who took them to England and provided them with an education as well as singing, dancing, and foreign language lessons. They had a successful seven-year tour of Europe and even met Queen Victoria. They later moved back to the United States and bought the farm where they were born. They lived to the age of 61 and are buried in Whiteville, North Carolina.

    Condition: Light soiling and wear to all. One carte de visite has minor cracking, else good.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2019
    15th Tuesday
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