The boy and the girl looked at the camera. They were old enough to understand the task assigned to them: to stand very still, arms attached, and direct their gaze to the contraption in front of them. Isaac was eight years old and Rosa was six years old.
How two former enslaved children from Louisiana ended up in a Broadway photographer's studio in 1863 requires some explanation. For now, it suffices to know that both children were the property of slaveholders in New Orleans, with their image printed on the cartes-de-visit (a new format for photography in the mid-nineteenth century, before more and more were allowed). Was. One copy, made on separate cards, cheaply) and offered for sale.
According to an article published in Harper's Weekly on January 30, 1864, the biography of Isaac and Rosa is summarized as: