JEFFERSON DAVIS' CAPTURE CARTE DE VISITE PHOTOS, LOT OF FOUR, each depicting the former President of the Confederate States in women's clothing; the first captioned "STRATEGY / or / Change of Base." with him dressing in a hoop skirt outside a tent, with a sign in the background that reads "Last Ditch / 1 Mile"; the second captioned "JEFF Dressing For a Surprise Party." with him dressing in a hoop skirt inside a tent, and with the obverse elegantly labeled for "J. F. RYDER / Photographist"; the third captioned "Jeff's last Extremity (so far)" with him fleeing Union soldiers, and holding a large knife and a money bag; and the fourth captioned "(Extract from letter to Europe) We are about making a movement that will astonish the world. J. D." with a photo of his head, oversized, applied to an image of him being discovered by two Union soldiers, with two female onlookers, and conversation between the parties in speech-bubbles "Please let my old mother go to the spring," "Certainly," and finally "How are you Jeff?" Second half 19th century. Each approximately 4" x 2 1/2". Provenance: From the collection of Cameron C. Nickels, author of "Civil War Humor."
The first and the third with some edge and corner wear, some minor stains, and remnants/losses from being glued down; the second with some edge wear, and losses to each corner; the fourth with moderate edge and corner wear, creases to the corners, and two vertical creases from top to bottom, possibly from being folded over, with associated cracking and staining to the photo.