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Victorian Medical Student Cigarette Case Business Card Case Wallet. This case shows a Cabinet Card photograph of Doctor or Medical Student Holding a Skull with Skeleton Bones in a small table while standing with a female skeleton.

This is an sweet and very odd business card, ID, or cigarette case for you! You won't find this design anywhere but here because this is a SHS original design! I own the original cabinet card photo of the design I am using. (I have been collecting sideshow and other odd CDV's and cabinet cards for a couple of years now and have a huge collection of weird stuff-I've included a pic on this ad of the actual cabinet card-the original photo is not for sale!) PLEASE NOTE: I own this actual image and also own the Exclusive copyrights to this image. No other seller can use or has this image!

My original cabinet card features one of the most iconic images I have ever seen in medical related early photography or Victorian Americana. The original photo is from the early to mid-1880's and was taken by a photographer named "Johnson" in Marengo, Iowa. The photo shows a doctor or medical student standing next to a standing female full skeleton while holding an actual skull. In the foreground is a shelf unit that shows a group of medical supplies, a medical bag, a group of bones (I assume human?), and several surgical tools.

I am able to date this to the early to mid 1880's through another cabinet card I have in my collection from Marengo, Iowa which shows the same shelf cabinet in the photo and is dated 1886 on back. Though the photographer is different on this other photo, photographers commonly shared studios and used the same props. I am guessing the medical photo is earlier due to the cardboard stock on that cabinet card compared to the 1886 photo.

The original cabinet cost me quite a bit and is one of the highspots of my collection of antique photography. (and not for sale!). I have been collecting Victorian photography for over 4 years and have a large collection of cased photos, CDV's, ambortypes, dags, tintypes, etc. I also have a very large and comprehensive sideshow ephemera collection (which has a lot of photography elements to it) and and collection of post mortem photography.

Early medical photography is generally very rare and has gained a following since Stanley Burns put out a series of books on the subject. I am sure you will enjoy this little piece for your collection!

Uses: Cigarette Case, ID case, Wallet, or Business Card Holder
Color: Black
Material: Lightweight metal
Condition: Brand new
Operation: Push button to open & has catches to keep your items in place
Holds: 10 rows of regular-sized cigarettes on each side (20 total)
Holds: Loose items such as driver's license, student id, credit cards, cash, etc
Size: 3.75" tall by 3.25" inches wide by 5/8" deep
This is a great little item to carry around particularly when you're out and about and only need the essentials. Makes a perfect, affordable gift for teachers, loved ones, birthdays, weddings, holidays, anniversaries, sisters, brothers, grandmothers, friends, extended family, and of course, a little something special for yourself!

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Victorian Medical Student Cigarette Case Business Card Case Wallet Cabinet Card of Doctor Medical Student Holding Skull with Skeleton Bones

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