Sergeant Mason's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Trade card featuring a portrait of Sergeant Mason. On the reverse is an advertisement for George Keyes' Son & Co.. Is it a portrait of the Sergeant Mason who attempted to shoot Charles J. Guiteau, the man who assassinated President James Garfield? I can't verify. It's my best guess.

Found in "Hedged In" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Published by Sampson Low, 1872

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  1. You are correct in your assessment of Sgt Mason. He became quite the celebrity, and people petitioned his pardon all the way to the White House. Can't remember the outcome.

  2. Here's an interesting article about George Keyes, Son & Co. having a bit of financial difficulty (from an 1888 New York Times article):