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Cabinet card studio photograph of Indian Sign Language creator  

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Cabinet card studio photograph of Lewis F. Hadley


Fort Smith, Arkansas

C.C. Cook



Sepia tone cabinet card photograph. 16.5x11 cm. (6½x4¼"), gilt edges. Includes clipping from "The Pansy" (Boston, Mass.) Jan. 30, 1892, about Hadley.

Lewis Francis Hadley was linguist who lived in the Indian Territory in the late Victorian period. He made developed a sign language for common use between the Plains Indian tribes, most of whom spoke different languages. Hadley's aim as to make missionary work easier by creating a common sign language. He was also the author of "Indian sign talk. Being a book of proofs of the matter printed on equivalent cards..."

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Light toning and soiling; overall very good.

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