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    Set of Custer's Last Stand Cabinet Cards from the Boston Cyclorama, 1889. Five slightly oversize, 8.5" x 5.25", cabinet images, each with an Allen & Rowell backmark. The Cyclorama, built in 1884, originally housed the huge and terribly realistic mural of Gettysburg by Paul D. Philippoteaux. As the Civil War exhibit's popularity declined, it was replaced in 1889 by a similar painting showing the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn. These scarce photographs document the new mural's opening at the Cyclorama. Of these images, four are combat scenes showing thinning ranks of blue-clad cavalrymen being swept away by a Sioux tidal wave. The fifth scene is of the Cyclorama foyer, which contains portraits of Custer, a teepee, and a ticket booth. The images are aged as expected. Minor chipping and stains are present, but do not detract from the overall appeal of these items.

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    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
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