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"ca. 1850-55, [portrait of a gentleman as the “wily Yankee”] The “wily Yankee” was a popular 19th century stage character who became the visual predecessor to “Uncle Sam.” Between acts, the wily Yankee remained on stage, whittled, and told parables. At times, he was known to flirt with both the women and men in the audience as he suggestively carved a stick."

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C.W. Bell - Wife of Chinese Ambassador to the United States

Mujer de la clase rica - this image provides the opportunity to glimpse a sliver of traditional 19th century Filipino society. Taken by the Dutch photographer Francisco van Camp, who was well known in the Philippines for his extremely refined portrait shots, this photograph, of a woman with an almost other-worldly grace, well deserves the attribution " one of the most beautiful images in nineteenth-century photography."