Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
Is this Johnny Clem?
Nate,Ha! You are incorrect.Perhaps I have stumped you this week. I will begin my breakfast celebration soon.PJM
Way too soon, PJM. This is Charley!
That is Charles Taylor of New Orleans.
Nate,Wow, how did you get this one.Yes, it is Charley Taylor, a WHITE slave in New Orleans.PJM
Congratulations Nate! Could you please ID the flag? It looks like the First Stars and Bars but the field and stripe colors appear reversed.John
When I first saw him, I was thinking that this must be a drummer and probably a famous one if he was pictured with a giant flag. The most famous drummer is Johnny Clem. I didn't think it looked like him, but kids' faces change so much. When you said it wasn't him I started thinking why else would a kid be pictured with a giant flag and then I remembered some abolitionist photos of white slaves after New Orleans was captured. When I googled, "white slave flag new orleans." I found the photo of Rosa, Charley, and Rebecca I recalled. A little more searching pulled up Charley's last name.So, are you on summer yet?
I was thinking he might be Toddler Binghamton, the inventor of TinkerToys.
John, it's a United States flag.
Yes, I am enjoying summer vacation. How about you?PJM
We still have one more week. Ah, summer seems so far away for me!
Just one star visible, huge stripes (like bars) but mostly the b&w rendition of color throw me. I guess a function of early photography that the red stripes are darker than the blue field.Thanks NateJohn
I had no idea this morning.Good job ENM, glad you got it.
Yeah, flags from the Civil War are so unique and varied that it is hard to tell from just a little snippet. One of the things that always throws me about photography from this time is that yellow or gold colored things often appears as dark black.
Good Job Nate.
Although I am new to visiting this wonderful site, I must conclude that young MR. Maas is one sharp fellow!
I can't wait to hear the background story!
aw is he really from New Orleans? nice. a fellow Louisianian