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Photograph of Mark Twain


This is a black and white photograph of Samuel Clemens, who is better known by his pen name Mark Twain. He traveled by stagecoach to the American West and documented his illustrious journey in the 1872 book Roughing It. In it, he expressed that "We had a consuming desire from the beginning to see a pony we were expecting one along every moment, and would see him in broad daylight...a black speck appears against the sky, and it is plain that it moves…another instant…and man and horse burst past our excited faces and go winging away like the belated fragment of a storm."

Courtesy of Library of Congress.

c. 1905
Museum ID:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection
Courtesy of Library of Congress.

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