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Stencil. I believe that this the backmark of a photographer on board an Ohio River riverboat named Silver Wave, one of the riverboats "which ran the blockade at Vicksburg and Grand Gulf, which was considered the most daring feat performed by any vessel during the war of the rebellion."
(History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Gibson Lamb Cranmer, Brant & Fuller, Vol. II 1891, p. 314) The Silver Wave was destroyed by fire in Higginsport, Ohio in 1897.
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