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Joseph Mann tintype photograph

Identifier: Mss 1093

Collection Overview

The collection consists of a tintype photograph of Joseph Mann playing cards with a friend circa 1873. The photograph has been mounted in a shadow box. Mann is pictured on the right smoking a pipe. The photograph was likely taken at Louis Mann's general store in Laurens, South Carolina, where he was working in the early 1870s. Columbia and Charleston are other possible locations.


  • circa 1873


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Joseph Mann was born in 1845 in Lubeck, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. After the end of the Civil War, Mann moved to Laurens, South Carolina, and worked in the general store of his uncle, Louis Mann. He married Amelia "Melia" Robinson in 1877 and moved to Newberry, South Carolina, where he operated a general merchandise store until he retired in Spartanburg in the mid-1920s. According to the donor, when Mann died in the 1930s, the Newberry newspaper ran an article about his life and "affectionately referred to him as 'Jew' Mann."


0.4 linear feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable


Tintype photograph of Joseph Mann playing cards with a friend in South Carolina. The photograph has been mounted in a shadow box.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is arranged and described at the item level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2003 by Harry Price, great-grandson of Joseph Mann.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Joseph Mann letters (Mss 1034-002), which mostly consists of Mann's correspondence to his wife Amelia "Melia" Robinson during their courtship. Special Collections also houses the Price family papers (Mss 1034-079), which relate to the descendants of Joseph Mann.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, July 2011.


Inventory of the Joseph Mann Tintype Photograph, circa 1873
Processed by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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