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    [Nevada Silver Mines] 1890 Virginia City Mining Photograph. 8.5" x 6.5", mounted on a studio mat to an overall size of 10.75" x 8.5". This photo was taken at the entrance to the shaft at The Savage Mine in Virginia City, Nevada. It is not a group of miners. The mining companies of the Comstock Lode would often invite important visitors or local citizens to don mining garb and have their picture taken. There were even occasions where infamous individuals would be invited. Two groups of people that often partook of these opportunities were traveling thespian groups and prostitutes and their handlers. This image is more than likely one of the latter two groups. Virginia City had many theaters at the time as well as many "houses of ill repute". All of the participants are identified in the view. A very rare image. The studio mat has cracked along the right edge but the image is unaffected. The central part of the image is just slightly overexposed, otherwise this rare photograph is in very good condition.

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    Virginia City, Nevada

    Virginia City is one of the oldest established communities in Nevada tracing its genesis to the Comstock Lode silver strike in 1859. At its peak Virginia City was considered the wealthiest city in the United States and had a population in excess of 30,000 people. It's estimated that $400 million in silver was mined at the Comstock twenty its twenty year boom. But, by 1898 the boom was over and the city's population decreased significantly. Besides the Comstock Lode, the city is also famous for being the literary "birthplace" of Samuel Clemens's famous pseudonym "Mark Twain". Clemens worked as a reporter at the Territorial Enterprise newspaper where he first used his famous pen name as a sign off to  a humorous travel article titled "Letter From Carson".  While at Virginia City Twain was also the "victim" of a mugging staged as a practical joke by his friends. Twain mentioned the episode in his 1872 book Roughing It and still seemed to be a bit miffed after all those years.

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