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1903 postcard with photo of cotton pickers, Southern USA

Picture of African-Americans in field, labeled “Picking Cotton” In fine print below photo “Copyright by F.L. Howe Photo Atlanta

Top left corner, lady with American flag and Bald Eagle ‘Greetings from picturesque America

Bottom left ‘Arthur Livingstone Publisher, New York 221’.

Text is in French, dated Aiken March 4th 1903…talks of cotton being picked in September.

Postmark on front ‘NEW YORK N.Y. FOR B.C.H March 5th 1903’.

Mailed using 2 cent George Washington stamp, cancelled ‘AIKEN S.C. MAR 4 1903’ to Paris France.

Postmark on back was stamped strongly, slight indentation on front.


Fred L. Howe (1857-1903) was a commercial photographer who practiced in Atlanta from 1895-1903, and was also a photographer for the Atlanta Constitution.

Arthur Livingston   1897 - 1907  New York, NY

A stationer that eventually began to publishing cards depicting warships, regional views and comics. Livingston’s first cards depicted scenes of New York City printed in black & white halftone lithography, some of which he later reprinted as fuller images in color. His comic cards were always printed in color. He also produced regional view-cards as monotone colotypes. Livingston had anticipated the Private Mail Act of 1898 and had begun to print cards with private malling card backs before they were officially authorized. His early pioneer cards were later reprinted with private mailing cards backs, and even later with post card backs.


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