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Millie Christine. A scarce early carte-de-visite photograph of the famous conjoined twins. Philadelphia: H. L. German's Temple of Art, circa 1870. 65 x 105mm. Carte-de-visite photograph.
An image of the twins with a guitar, signed on the verso. Born into slavery in North Carolina in 1851, Millie and Christine were taken from their parents, sold three or four times, stolen and retrieved; and placed on display at fairs and "freak-shows" from New Orleans to as far away as Canada. At one time, having been sold to J. P. Smith, they were kidnapped and taken to England. Smith retrieved them with the aid of their mother and they were brought back to North Carolina in 1857. Smith taught them to read and write, as well as sing and dance. The twins composed and performed their own music as well as that of others. The twins died in 1912. (#kfk735) $1950

 

 

 

 

 

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