Nurse/Red Cross Founder Clara Barton ALS and Signed Photo

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Excellent combination of two items: an extremely sharp matte-finish 4.5 x 6.75 portrait of Barton by Purdy of Boston, signed in the lower border in fountain pen; and an ALS by Barton, two pages on two adjoining sheets, March 28, 1906, in part: “I am very happy to send a photo…You are in the vicinity of the ‘later work’ of which I speak, and would be glad if both yourself and Mr. Harwood could meet personally the efficient workers doing such faithful work at the Headqrs—Beacon St.” Nicely matted and framed together. In fine condition. Barton is uncommon in signed photos and this example boasts ideal provenance in her handwritten letter which also mentions her work.

Clarissa “Clara” Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She worked as a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, and as a teacher and patent clerk. Barton is noteworthy for doing humanitarian work at a time when relatively few women worked outside the home. She had a relationship with John J. Elwell, but never married.

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