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Isaiah Taber promenade card of two Pima Indian couples; image credit on full record.
Back of Isaiah Taber promenade card of Pima Indians; image credit on full record.

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Promenade Card; Taber (Isaiah), Pima Indians.

Pimos (Pima) Indians, Arizona, circa 1895. Promenade card with imprint of the influential San Francisco photographer, Isaiah West Taber (1830 to 1912). A slightly-longer variant on the standard "cabinet" card mount, Taber developed his Promenade Cards to feature horizontal, urban panoramas, or tight, vertical portraits, as in this grouping. All of Taber's glass negatives were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

Two handsome couples, each woman is standing with hand touching her seated husband. The women's faces are painted. The men have been posed with a deck of playing cards, probably for the Mexican game of Monte, popular in the 19th century Southwest. The "table" is an inverted, pottery cooking pot, a trade-craft of the Pima and their Papago neighbors. Pasted labels and stamping, verso, from former owner, Culver Pictures, Inc....[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item D9740551
Category:  photographica    Origin:  Arizona
Type:  other photo processes    Year:  1890 - 1900

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