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Voices of the Night: 1910

Voices of the Night: 1910

Portland, Maine, circa 1910. "Longfellow family tomb, 2nd from right, Western Cemetery." Resting place of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of "Paul Revere's Ride," "The Song of Hiawatha" and other classics. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fashionista: 1912

Fashionista: 1912

From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased that seem to have been taken in upstate New York about 1912. This is from a film negative that has been bent, hence the flare on the right side. The lady's dress is spectacular, and she is coordinated with gloves and white shoes. I don't think this was an inexpensive outfit. View full size.

Desk Set: 1955

Desk Set: 1955

January 25, 1955. "Becton Dickinson Inc., Rutherford, New Jersey. Entrance toward double secretarial desk. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." Welcome to the cubist man-trap known as Executive Reception, where Miss Stellwagon presides over the Secretarial Lair. Please have a seat and we'll be right with you. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Queen Cole: 1920

Queen Cole: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Cole Aero 8 roadster." A solid hit with this stylish miss. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Landing Party: 1905

Landing Party: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "In the surf at Asbury Park." Having a wonderful time; wish we were still here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Pensive Rocker: 1912

Pensive Rocker: 1912

I recently purchased a collection of negatives, both film and 4x5 glass. They seem to be circa 1912 and were taken in upstate New York. We have identified locales such as Trenton Falls park (now closed) as well as Niagara Falls, Fultonville and Rome. This lady is featured in most of them, as well as her husband and young son. There are other people, but these three are seen most often. She has an extensive wardrobe, and is photographed in many beautiful outfits. This dress is the simplest. In another photo, she is seen in this chair reading a newspaper. One article in the paper gives us the hint of 1912, and her wardrobe offers more evidence. I'll submit other photos if there is interest. View full size.

On the Waterfront: 1905

On the Waterfront: 1905

The East River circa 1905. "Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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