Civil War period oval albumen photograph of students, possibly teachers, and headmaster at the Linden Hall School for girls in Lititz, PA. If not the headmaster, then the person with the top hat might be Governor Andrew G. Curtin of PA who granted a charter to the school in 1863 that allowed them to grant degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and other branches of learning. However, on Wikipedia a photograph shows a beardless Governor Curtin. The man in the photograph has a heavy beard which would make it more likely that the man in the photograph is the headmaster rather than Governor Curtin.
There are about forty-seven people shown in the photo which is taken in front of one of the school's buildings. Printed under the image is Linden Hall, West End, 1865. Printed above the left edge of the image on the mat is, Saylor's New Photograph Gallery, Reading, Pa. Founded in 1746 by the Moravian Church, Linden Hall is the oldest continuously operating boarding school for girls in the nation and has been educating girls continuously to the current day at its location in Lititz.
This image is on an oval mat that measures 8 1/8 inches by 10 inches. The image shows some fading. The mat and image show some browning. There is a dark squiggly mark from an unknown substance in the left side of the image.
The mark is not on the mat. There is a lightly penciled inscription below the right edge of the image on the mat that is very hard to make out.
The inscription appears to be "Lon Martin June 1st" with something written after that which we can't make out. The school's website is at lindenhall.Among the links offered on the website is one labeled History that brings up a video about the history of Linden Hall. An identical image (with the exception of differences in condition) to the one that we are offering is shown in the video. The reference number for this item is #3728. The item "1865 LINDEN HALL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS CIVIL WAR PERIOD PHOTO LITITZ, PA, BY SAYLOR" is in sale since Thursday, July 27, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Other Antique Photographs".
The seller is "imajgin" and is located in Lampeter, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.