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A Reminder of War’s Human Cost

A carte de visite with photographs pasted on the front and back remind us of the human cost of war. On the front, a revolver and sword lying on top of the Star-Spangled Banner symbolize the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier. The dog and woman, presumably his widowed wife, are reminders of the family and home he left behind. On the back, the same dog acts as guardian of his late master’s memory.

Carte de visite by an anonymous photographer. Michael J. McAfee Collection.
Carte de visite by an anonymous photographer. Michael J. McAfee Collection.

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