CHARLES D. FREDERICKS (December 11, 1823 – May 25, 1894) was a contemporary of famed photographer Matthew Brady. Fredericks, who operated Fredericks Photographic Temple of Art, the largest and most stylish gallery in New York City. In the early 1860s, Fredericks personally photographed John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, on several occasions at his studio.
Offering a 2 ¾ x 8 personal check from Fredericks to Cook & Reid, January 21, 1871, for $300 [today’s value would be nearly $6,000], drawn on Manufacturers & Merchants Bank, signed C.D. Fredericks.
Expected toning and a cancellation cut well away from the signature. Image included is from the internet.
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