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The second of a series of images collectively titled "Cabins and Darkeys", taken near Vicksburg, Mississippi and dated February, 1907. These glass "Extra Rapid Dry Plates" were manufactured by the M. A. Seed Dry Plate Co. of St. Louis, Missouri and were found, in their original box and sleeves, in an antique mall. Photographer unknown. Scanned from a print made from the original glass negative. View full size.