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Vacation Snaps: 1904

Vacation Snaps: 1904

Old Orchard, Maine, circa 1904. "Photographer at Old Orchard House." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The Shade


Smile for the camera

Something tells me he didn't specialize in child photography.

The future is now

This is amazing! Is that the new Leica prototype? It is so small and portable for the time. I wonder if he felt as if he were traveling with a pocket (big pocket) camera!

Keep them coming!

Untold story

I would love to know more about this man! I know that Maine had a small African American population & this image makes me curious. Who was he? What was his role in the community? Was he an itinerant photographer or did he maintain a studio of some sort? What was his connection to Old Orchard House? Perhaps the answers lie in the archives of a local historical society.

This is a fine example

of why I love this blog. My imagination raises questions that can never be answered -- Who? Why? What happened next?

Those Hands

That is a huge set of mitts. They look like a bunch of bananas.

Big hands

I bet he would hate my little digital camera.

Holy Cow!

They finally found him -- the model for the modern baseball glove. Look at the mitts on that guy!

The Shadow

Who's the creepy figure in the doorway? I sense a Stephen King plot coming on.

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