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A silver gelatin print showing an elderly black woman identified on the reverse of the mount as Mrs Della Powell. An inked inscription reads:

Mrs Della Powell. Mother died 1894
of Mrs Lillie Powell. Mother died July 10, 1935
of Mrs Hazel Lyden Henderson

The 1880 census shows a Della Powell living in Friendship, Crockett County, Tennessee, close to the Arkansas border. Born in 1840, at the time of the census she was working on a farm. She was unmarried, but she had at least 6 children, including Lillie, born in 1876. Della was born in Tennessee, as were her parents before her.

Photographed by Carroll of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, identified by a blindstamp on the mount. The mount, which is not shown in the scan, is somewhat stained and has irregularly cut edges.

The print measures 4.9" by 3.4" (123 mm by 86 mm) at its widest points.

condition: The print is in excellent condition, although the mount is not.
price:   not for sale
code: pm194
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