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Photographs2376 of 4354Signs of the CaribesGilbert Roland & Norma Talmadge Photograph From 1926 Film, "Camille"
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Posted 4 years ago


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Not sure what this is but after research it something in regards to Joshua Howes, d 1864. That sum of money for any insurance policy must be millions today. Anyone have any information on what this is?


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Isn't it just a business card of the agent J. Orlin Hayden for the insurance company? That amount of money would indicate the financial position of Northwestern I. Co. and whether it was capable of meeting any insurance claims against them.
    Substantial amount, true. But not huge.
    Gold was $19 an ounce in those days, I think.
    $1470 today.
  2. coverfame, 4 years ago
    Interesting if they had business cards back then without phone numbers or addresses.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Vetraio is correct the card is a business card for an insurance company.

    The back of the card was used to document information on the deaths of the subjects in the ambrotype photograph. The man MAY have had a connection to the insurance company or it may have just been used out of conveniance.

    The case for the ambrotype is a nice example of an early 1850s style case. The break of the hinge is typical in these cases.


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