Carte de Visite Photograph of Delia Howe

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 is a photograph of Delia Howe, a missionary to China between 1879 and 1882. Delia’s sister, Gertrude Howe, who was a missionary with the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society, returned home for a brief visit in 1878. Delia decided to accompany her sister to China on her return in 1879 to work with women and girls. Unfortunately, Delia battled for months with health issues and returned home in 1882. She later received a medical degree and became a physician working at an asylum in Illinois. Throughout their years, the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church sent women missionaries to Africa, South America, and various other countries, including India, China, Japan, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Bulgaria, and the Philippines.

Created around 1870 by Edwin B. Bigelow (1838–1916), photographer, Jackson, Michigan.[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] The cardboard back contains the photographer’s name and art gallery information: “E. B. Bigelow, Art Gallery, 198 and 200 Main Street, Jackson, Mich.” Also written on the back is “Delia Howe, Kiukiang, China.”

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