|It shows Sous Lieutenant De la Salle
who also served as a Maréchal de Logis (sergeant) inthe 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.
Many thanks to Troy Thompson for helping with the translation of the photograph's inscription.
Carte de Visite