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Image: Matthew Henson, Hassan tobacco card

Matthew Henson, Hassan tobacco card
United States ephemera

ca. 1910
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (8 x 6 cm)

Albert Operti (aka Albert Jasper Ludwig Roccabigliera Operti) (Italy, 1852 - 1927, New York) Primary

Object Type: ephemera
Creation Places: North America, United States, New York
Medium and Support: paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Accession Number: 2000.19
A small trading card, originally enclosed with Hassan brand cigarettes, depicts Matthew Henson in a fur parka against a background of ice and an orange sky. The back describes Henson's accomplishments. This card is one of a series of explorer cards, and Henson was the only African-American in the series. The artist , Albert Operti, had been in Greenland with Peary and Henson in the 1890s.

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