Goshen, Ind. E.L. Mowry, [circa 1865].
Unbound. Two carte de visites of Maung Shaw Loo. Albumen images, each 2½" x 4" mounted on a slightly larger card. Back mark of photographer E.L. Mowry of Goshen, Indiana. Just about fine. Each is Signed by Loo beneath his image, and Signed again by him on the verso in Burmese. In one image, Loo is pictured in western garb, and in the other in Burmese native dress. Loo (1839-1929) was Bucknell University's first international student and the first Burmese native to study in the United States. After his graduation he was admitted to the newly organized Charity Hospital College in Cleveland, where in 1867 he obtained his medical degree. Then President Andrew Johnson was introduced to Loo, and he later provided a recommendation for him to the King of Burma, who not only allowed him to practice medicine when he returned to Burma, but also appointed him as a Prince.