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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.
From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased; they seem to be circa 1912, taken in upstate New York. This is one of my favorites. The love and pride are evident. It occurred to me, looking at this, was that this child is a contemporary of my father, who was born in 1908 and died three months after his 91st birthday in 2000, and I wondered about his life in that context. It would be nice to have answers. View full size.
From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased. We believe that this is the photographer, as well as the boy's father. We are not sure where these photos were taken, but a number of them can be identified as Trenton Falls, although by then the park was in private hands. A dam had been built, choking off the flow to the ravine and eliminating the series of waterfalls that made it an international attraction. The water was diverted through a pipe to a turbine a mile or so below to generate electricity, and it remains in operation. The hotel and all the other amenities were removed, and the area was closed to the public. View full size.
While the lady of the house was well-dressed in most of the photos, she was also a housewife. Here she is doing the laundry with a smile. It's easy to forget that this was the way it was done back then. The watch must have been important to her, because she is wearing it in most of the pictures, even here, with soap suds halfway up her arms. From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased. We would love to find out more about this family; they evidently lived somewhere in Central New York, so their relatives could be our neighbors. View full size.
From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased. In this photo, the dam, built circa 1906, can be seen. There is a lot more water in the gorge in this photo than one sees today. For the past 10 years or so, the power company had opened the falls on two weekends every year, but all that did was let us see what was lost to the need to generate power. That practice ended a couple of years ago, in any event. View full size.
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.
This is my mom, Dorothy Porter, and my two older sisters, Madge and June, on a family vacation trip to Folly Beach, South Carolina in the summer of 1950. Not sure if the old carousel was at Folly Beach or if this was perhaps taken at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.