Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card stock) from the CFPL Photofile. Purchased from Up-Country Letters, 2007.
This photograph of an elderly Bronson Alcott was reproduced from a commercially issued carte de visite (a compact, popular nineteenth-century portrait format). A recent Concord Free Public Library purchase, the original card dates from the 1870s. Even though the library has well-established photographic collections documenting the Concord authors and their world, images lacking from its holdings still turn up from time to time and are acquired when available and affordable.
This image may not be reproduced in any form, including electronic, without permission from the Curator of the William Munroe Special Collections, Concord Free Public Library, Concord, Mass.