Tuesday Tips – Bits and Pieces of News to Use

Havens no.147 Tropical Fruit

Tropical Fruit (#147) stereo by O. P. Havens, Savannah, Georgia; E. Lee Eltzroth collection

This post is a short one – some items of interest that I have recently come across, or that have been shared with me.  I am including some information on a new Texas book, some great sites where you can peruse photographs and related periodicals,  some new photographs online in Georgia, and I’ve tied up a loose end that I wrote about previously.

Related to my prior posts on researching photographers in the state of Texas, Texas A&M University Press has published a book, Lens on the Texas Frontier, that tells the stories behind the 5,000 photographs in the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University’s Lawrence T. Jones III collection. Considering the connection between Georgia and Texas, this may be a “must have” for me, it covers the evolution of photography in Texas from the 1840s into the 1940s. The author is the collector of this amazing trove, Lawrence T. Jones III. Wow.

Here is a link to a description of this book, and of another book those of you with Texas family would be interested in, Texas People, Texas Places, by Lonn Taylor. http://tinyurl.com/nh593wp

If you like to look at photographs, get technical information, as well as the cultural aspects and who the photographers were, there are few as good as the beautiful website Luminous-Lint, now ten years old – “an online scholarly non-commercial resource.” I have mentioned it here before. News now is that a more robust version is coming. You may have noticed that content is now more consolidated.  Alan Griffiths says that they are ready for the next stage of the website where hundreds of parallel histories of photography come together and video will be integrated. I particularly like the new search feature on the Home page. Here is the link again http://www.luminous-lint.com/app/home/

Another interesting site to take a look at is Daguerreobase, an International site to which organizations can add items from their collections. The Links are what are important to those of us not contributing. You can Browse the daguerreotypes, which allows you to contact the repository holding an image of interest. You can look at their Daguerreotype Journal “Sharing the International Cultural and Visual Heritage of Daguerreotypes.” And on the News page you can not only look at their publication Daguerreotypes. Europe’s Earliest Photographic Records but you can download it! This project will become multilingual at the end of September 2014. http://www.daguerreobase.org/en/

There is a site, from Paris Photo, that I was not at all familiar with called “Glossaire visuale.” It is in French, but it can be translated via Google or a similar translator. Here you will find definitions of photographic processes including Cyanotype, Autochrome, and Platinotype.  http://www.parisphoto.com/fr/paris/glossaire

Another, non-American site worth visiting is MEPPI – The Middle Eastern Photograph Preservation Initiative. This project is supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute. It exists to promote “the preservation and awareness of photograph collections in the broad Middle East, from North Africa and the Arab Peninsula through Western Asia.” All kinds of intereseting  information is found here. Take a look at the sidebar on the left and click on Image Gallery to see some fascinating visual materials. http://www.meppi.me/home

Wilson & Havens Copartnership1874Announcement of Copartnership of J. N. Wilson & O. P. Havens, Savannah Morning News, Nov. 24, 1874, page 3

I mentioned before that I hoped to find the news item you see above.  As soon as the Savannah newspapers (1809 – 1880) were put online by the Digital Library of Georgia, I found the announcement of the dissolution of the “copartnership” of Wilson & Havens.  I knew they were only together a few years, but now I know they were partners for less than two years. The partnership formed as of  Nov. 22, 1874 and it was dissolved as of January 20, 1876. The studio at 143 Broughton Street became O. P. Havens’s and he remained there until 1886 when he left to work in Florida. He returned to Georgia later, briefly, to make photos in Columbus and Fort Valley, as a photographer for the Central of Georgia Railroad.

As for other Georgia photographs, a new addition is online on the Troup County Archives website. The selected photographs from the Athos Menaboni Collections of D. Russell Clayton are now available there. Russ is THE expert on the artist Athos Menoboni, and he loves to share his collection and knowledge.

This link takes you to the page with the Menoboni photographs http://tinyurl.com/nvsceu8  You can see  photos of young Menaboni and his family in Italy – if you are interested in Italian photographers, some photos are marked. There are also photographs of Menaboni and his wife at home in the United States, and of Menaboni with various clients and dignitaries. For those of you interested in genealogy, Russ is now in touch with previously unidentified Menaboni family members in Italy. You will also find photos here of the artist at work, and there are also images of some of his works, primarily in Georgia. Photographs of Menoboni’s paintings will gradually be added to the website.

I hope there is something here of use to you. Good luck to you in your hunting and the gathering of your research this coming week.

© E. Lee Eltzroth and Hunting & Gathering, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without  written permission from this blog’s author is prohibited. The piece can be re-blogged, and excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to E. Lee Eltzroth and Hunting & Gathering, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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