Carte de Visite Photograph of Lou E. Blackmer

Collection ID





ca. 1870


United States




Photographic print on cardboard


4.1 × 2.5 × 0.2 in. (10.4 × 6.3 × 0.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

This photograph is of Lou E. Blackmer, a missionary to India in the 1870s. While the photograph states her location as "Lucknow," published missionary reports state that by 1873 she was in Moradabad, a city to the north of Lucknow. Moradabad was considered one of the central circuits for the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1870s. The society began after a small group of women heard Dr. William Butler preach a missionary sermon on March 14, 1869, in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout their years, they sent women missionaries to Africa, South America, and various other countries.

Created around 1870 by Amory Nelson Hardy (1835–1911), Boston, Massachusetts.[1] Acquired by 2010 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry), under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Amory Nelson Hardy was a photographer in Boston at No. 493 Washington Street in the late 1800s. The back of the photograph contains the photographer’s pictorial label. “Lou E. Blackmer, Lucknow” is written on the front under the picture and on the cardboard back above the photographer’s pictorial label.

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