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[Carte-de-visite photograph of Millie-Christine with fan and buffalo robe]

From: Photographs of Millie-Christine.

[Carte-de-visite photograph of Millie-Christine with fan and buffalo robe]

From: Photographs of Millie-Christine.

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Creator: Brown, Barnes & Bell
Date: circa 1885
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Description:
Millie-Christine (1851-1912), also known as Millie McKoy and Christine McKoy were African American conjoined twins and entertainers. Millie-Christine were born on July 11, 1851, to Monemia and Jacob, slaves owned by Jabez McKay on a plantation in Welches Creek, North Carolina. Around eighteen months after their birth, McKay sold the girls to Joseph Pearson Smith (1815-1862) of Wadesboro, North Carolina. Smith and his wife, Mary Aleff Cooper Smith (1822-1893) educated the twins; they could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. During their lifetime, Millie-Christine enjoyed a successful career as "The Two-Headed Nightingale." On October 8, 1912, Millie died of tuberculosis, while doctors euthanized Christine.
Acquired from various sources. For more information refer to the material in the collection.
Abstract:
A carte-de-visite photograph created by the studio of Brown, Barnes, & Bell, circa 1885, inlaid in a page from album with manuscript inscription by an unidentified person that describes Millie-Christine and their physiology. Based chiefly in Liverpool, Brown, Barnes, & Bell operated studios throughout the United Kingdom, 1877-1933.
Physical Description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 8.8 x 5.7 cm. on mount 10.2 x 6.3 cm.
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Folder 3
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Curatorial Area: Beinecke Library
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High Resolution (image/tiff)
Object ID: 16349915
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