Mark Twain Signed Photo by Abdullah Frères in Constantinople

c. 1867

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Mark Twain Signed Photo by Abdullah Frères in Constantinople
Carte de Visite
1 page | SMC 1683

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      When the Quaker City stopped in at Constantinople in September 1867, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and several of his fellow excursionists had their photographs taken there by Abdullah Frères, the official photographers to His Imperial Majesty the Sultan of Turkey, Abdul-Aziz. Clemens thought his pictures very bad, however: he might as well send a photograph of the Sphinx, he said, it would look as much like him.


      Signed Photo, being a carte-de-visite; from a sitting on September 1-2, 1867. “Inscribed “Yrs Truly, Samuel L. Clemens.”
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      Yrs Truly

      SAMUEL L. CLEMENS

      ABDULLLAH FRERES
      PHOTOGRAPHES DE SA MAJESTE IMPERIALE
      LE SULTAN

      PERA
      CONSTANTINOPLE.