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Devil’s Den, Albumen Photograph

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An Albumen Photograph of Devil’s Den; horizontal cabinet card.

Within a few months after the battle of Gettysburg the market for battlefield photographs burgeoned. Staging photographs became big business for local photographers. One of these photographers, Levi Mumper, was a Civil War veteran and battlefield photographer. He opened a gallery c.1864.  By 1869, he’d moved to Littleton, PA but by 1874 he was back in Gettysburg. In 1895, he sold his business to his son, Jacob. Jacob used the imprint J. I. Mumper. Jacob was probably using his father’s negatives!

Very good; clear.

(Mumper, J. I., Gettysburg Photographer) Horizontal Albumen Photograph, Cabinet card with mark of Mumper (partly covered by the image), “Gettysburg, Pa.”   Marked in the image “Devils Den” on the lower right corner.