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Carte de visite,  4 1/8 x 2 ½, Frank Leslie. Charles Fredricks NY photographer’s backmark.

Frank Leslie was an English-born American engraver, illustrator, and publisher of family periodicals.He came to the United States in 1848, by 1852 he was working for Gleason's Pictorial in Boston. He discovered he could accelerate the engraving process significantly by dividing a drawing into many small blocks and distributing the work among many engravers. In 1853, he arrived in New York City to engrave woodcuts for P. T. Barnum's short-lived Illustrated News. After its failure, he began publishing the first of his many illustrated journalistic ventures, Frank Leslie's Ladies' Gazette of Fashion and Fancy Needlework,  The New York Journal soon followed, with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (1855) (called Leslie's Weekly),
Scarce portrait. Exhibits some use and wear, slight ding on b/l corner of mount, overall VG- Fine.


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