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    Christopher "Kit" Carson Signed Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 4", Albuquerque, NM; August 19, 1869. Produced by C. Duhem & Bro., Photographers on the Rio Grande, a seated portrait of Carson in uniform. He has signed below the portrait, "C. Carson." The lower left corner of the CDV has been professionally restored, with paper added to the albumen and mount; this includes part of Carson's signature, with the "C. Ca" of his signature having been added during the restoration. A period identification on the verso has been traced over, beneath which is written period place and date identifications, "Albuquerque, N.M., May 18, 1869". Signed images of Carson are very rare, and portraits of Carson in his military uniform are highly desirable.

    Christopher Houston Carson (1809-1868), the future famous American frontiersman, was the eleventh of fifteen children. At age seven, his father died and young Carson was forced to leave school and work on the farm. Due to this, Carson was illiterate, a fact he tried to hide, and he eventually learned to sign his name. He was soon apprenticed to a saddle maker but, in 1826, ran away with a caravan headed to Santa Fe. He continued on to Taos, New Mexico, and that became his headquarters for the next fourteen years while he made his living as a trapper, miner, teamster, cook, guide, and hunter for exploring parties. In 1842, he chanced to meet John C. Frémont on a Missouri River steamboat. Frémont was looking for a guide to the South Pass and employed Carson as a guide for his Western expeditions of 1842, 1843-44, and 1845. Kit Carson first gained national recognition from Frémont's much-read expedition reports that spoke glowingly of Carson's bravery and prowess. Although most famous as a scout and explorer, Carson also had a distinguished military career. In 1862, he took command of a volunteer New Mexico regiment, which defended the territory against Confederates. Breveted a brigadier general, he ended his career as commander of Fort Garland in Oklahoma. An 1858 biography and a popular series of Wild West "blood and thunder" pulp novels gave Carson an almost mythical status among heroes of the American West, which remains to this day.

    Condition: Toning throughout, with light soiling at edges. Verso has some slight soiling as well. As mentioned above, the bottom left of the CDV has been professionally restored, and the start of Carson's signature has been added during restoration. Carson's right elbow and hip, along with his left hand have been professionally restored, along with the lower mount and "C. Ca" of Carson's signature.

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