A CdV of Adelina Patti featuring a photograph c1864 by Charles Reutlinger – with an American Civil War 2 cent revenue stamp on the reverse.
Adelina Patti 10th February 1843 ~ 27th September 1919 was one of the most highly regarded opera singers of the 19th century, earning huge fees at the height of her career. She made her operatic debut at age 16 in 1859 in the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Academy of Music, New York.
Amongst her contemporaries were - Jenny Lind, Thérèse Tietjens and Christina Nilsson.
Patti made a number of recordings at her home - Craig-y-Nos Castle in south Wales – during 1905 & 1906, but by this time she had lost much of her renowned voice.
# To help pay for the costs of the Civil War Congress added a new tax on all photographs effective from 30th June 1864. These revenue stamps were required on photographs from 1864 to 1866.
# Charles Reutlinger [1816-1881] was the founder of one of the most prominent Parisian photographic establishments, Reutlinger Studios, which operated from 1850 to 1937. The studio became famous for its portraits of the actors, artists, musicians, composers, opera singers etc. From 1880 the studio was run by his brother Emile Reutlinger.