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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Peeps and Pup: 1900

Peeps and Pup: 1900

Circa 1900. "C.S. Jackson group on Dudley Walker's porch." In addition to any Walkers present, this would include relatives of photographer and Detroit Publishing partner William Henry Jackson -- possibly the family of his son Clarence. And a puppy of uncertain lineage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Dudley Walker

While there is no way to say "this was he," there was a Dudley Walker who was advertising manager for the Chicago and Alton Railroad at the turn of the century.

His house, designed by architect Walter Burley Griffin, is at 1011 South Crest Street in Wheaton, Illinois. The floor plans (and a modern photo) are here.

Its hard to tell from the photo above, but that certainly does look a lot like the house in the plans.

Dudley Walker is probably most known (aside from his semi-historic ex-residence) for his involvement with the "Biggest Camera in the World," a monstrosity that took 8x4½ *foot* negatives, built in order to photograph one of the Chicago and Alton's newest trains as one single shot as opposed to a series of stitched images.

OK, now, look natural

*everyone poses like mannequins at Bloomingdales*

Goodness!

We all look so casual and at ease.

In dog years

this was 798 years ago.

 
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