Carte de visite photograph (4 1/4"x 2 1 /2") .Warren , Boston photographer’s . imprint Ca. 1870s,
David Ross Locke (better known by his pseudonym Petroleum V. Nasby) (1833 – 1888) was an American journalist and early political commentator during and after the American Civil War. Locke's most famous works, the "Nasby Letters", were written in the character of, and over the signature of "Rev. Petroleum V(esuvius) Nasby", a Copperhead and Democrat. Locke's fictional alter ego, Nasby, loudly championed the cause of the Confederate States of America from Secession onward, but did little to actively help it. The Nasby Letters, although written in the semi-literate spelling used by other humorists of the time, were a sophisticated work of ironic fiction. They were consciously intended to rally support for the Union cause; "Nasby" himself was portrayed as a thoroughly detestable character — a supreme opportunist, bigoted, work-shy, often half-drunk, and willing to say or do anything to get a Postmaster's job.
Very good clarity and contrast, Fine condition
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