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Présenté comme le sous lieutenant De la Salle...
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This Carte de Visite is the earliest photographic representation of a member of the famed Légion Étrangere - the Foreign Legion - that I have ever come across. It shows Sous Lieutenant De la Salle who also served as a Maréchal de Logis (sergeant) in the Chasseurs D'Afrique. De la Salle served with the Legion in Mexico during Napoleon III's attempt to turn that county into a French colony.
This Carte de Visite is clearly a copy of an earlier photograph although based upon the thinness of the card mount the copy
itself must date from the 1860's or at the latest the very early 1870' s- only a few years after France's incursion into Mexico.
One wonders if De la Salle survived his posting to Mexico - the graveyard of French Colonial aspirations in North America.
- J'suis d'Fontenay-aux-roses, moi, si jamais la France à besoin d'mon bras, j'y dis qu'ça, moi, j'suis d'Fontenay-aux-roses!!!