Tuesday Tips Could Make Your Day

Yacht Club House, near Savannah, Ga., postmarked 1908; postcard published by F. M. Kirby & Co.; id number hpc1647, Historic Postcard collection, Georgia Archives

Yacht Club House, near Savannah, Ga., postmarked 1908; postcard published by F. M. Kirby & Co.; id number hpc1647, Historic Postcard Collection RG-48-2-5, courtesy of the Georgia Archives

Several items worth noting have been announced since my last posted Tuesday Tips on March 10.  I have also picked up points from public speakers, and heard from collectors of Georgia photographs with news I can share.

Regarding the image used below, you may recall my post of Veterans’ Day 2014 focusing on Atlanta photographer Charles Walton Reeves and his training in the first class of aerial photographers: When Every Man Must Give The Best

Aerial photographer C. WaltonReeves at the ruins of Flirey, France, about Dec. 1918; Owen Williams collection, Courtesy Charles Thomas

Aerial photographer C. WaltonReeves at the ruins of Flirey, France, about Dec. 1918; Owen Williams collection, Courtesy Charles Thomas

  • The photograph above is among several taken of Mr. Reeves in France, newly discovered by Mr. Thomas within his Owen Williams collection. Read more about Reeves, and his classmate Williams and other Williams photographs, in the first part of my two parts on the Reeves and Hearn family of photographers: Keeping It In the Family, part 1

A collector tells me he has acquired a Bible and family documents once belonging to the family of photographer William Kuhns – I should have an update about the contents of the collection soon.

William A. Kuhns was the patriarch of this family of photographers. Of his children, William T., Julius H., Charles A., and Isabella E. Kuhns all continued working in the business their father founded. Although they are primarily associated with Atlanta, William T. Kuhns was quite the itinerant for a time, and he and his brothers often worked separately. I will discuss the entire Kuhns family in a future post, and I will include information on the siblings’ later work in East Point and College Park.

The grave of William A. Kuhns, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

The grave marker of William A. Kuhns and his wife Sophia Steinbeck Kuhns, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia; photo via Find a Grave

  • News from the Digital Library of Georgia which was not announced publicly is that the Atlanta Historic Newspapers are now accessible via any computer operating system. This is so important for those of us using Macs. The Atlanta Historic Newspapers join the North Georgia, Athens, and Savannah historic newspapers now in the pdf format. DLG Atlanta newspapers
  • Maureen A. Taylor, known as The Photo Detective, tells us how to get to all of her past eight years of posts. These posts explain how we can use the clues found in fashion, hairstyles, etc. for photo identification:

The Photo Detective’s 8-years-of-posts

  • A project developed by Northeastern University called Infectious Texts: Viral Networks in 19th-Century U. S. Newspapers, really interests me. I have come across several articles about nineteenth century Georgia photographers which were reprinted in newspaper across the country.  This information “reproduction,” often with changes, happened then in much the same way that it does today – we retweet, or otherwise post something we come across via someone else, and others do the same. 


Wayne Graham, of the Scholars Lab, UVA, discusses the digital humanities and its many uses. His blog at http://waynegraham.github.io/ is pretty “deep” for me, and it is probably a bit deep for all those non-programers primarily interested in photographs or photographers in history. But occasionally Wayne will touch on something much more interesting to “us.”

  • Hearing him speak recently reminded me that I should reexamine both the Yale University project photogrammar and the U.K. developed historypin.org  project. I’ve mentioned both here before, but I have not looked at either in quite awhile. You will want to at least glance at them again, too.

Look at the first if you are interested in the 1930s and 1940s photography of the FSA and/or OWI (Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information). Searches can be narrowed by photographer, date, or place.

Check out the second if you are interested in where something is or was, and what it looks or looked like. In addition to places, street scenes and buildings, History Pin includes groups of people and photos of artifacts. There are also groups of images arranged by topic, in a sort of a Pinterest board fashion, covering the U.S.A., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

  • Some of  the images you might find on History Pin are postcards.  The Georgia Archives has their own Historic Postcard collection available to see online on their website. This collection of images of Georgia landmarks, buildings, monuments, and aerial views consists of 1,666 postcards, from about 1905 to the early 1970s; note that many are undated within their record. These images were the product of various publishers, and/or photographers. Georgia Archives postcards

This is a possible source to add to those I gave you in Researching Photographers Pt. 1  for Georgia.

As for other updates to my Researching Photographers Working in the South, check out the following:

  • Add to my prior posts regarding photographers working in the state of North Carolina Researching Photographers part 2 the Photograph Collection from the Heritage Room, Monroe, North Carolina. These images are available to use, even in a blog post, as long as we provide proper credit. Here is the link: heritageroompictures

If you are looking at photographers working in Virginia, such as I cited at Researching Photographers part 3 here is something more to check out:

  • Through links sent to me by John Edwin Mason (see the post just prior to this one), I learned that the University of Virginia magazine, The Spectator, and also Corks and Curls, edited by the university’s Greek Letter Fraternities, are both found in Google Books  Each contains some very good advertisements, and many are for Charlottesville, Virginia photographer R. W. Holsinger. With a little more searching, I discovered some of his photographs there, too.
Editors of the Corks and Curl, 1896, photo by R. W. Holsinger, in issue # ?

The Corks and Curls editors for 1896, photo by R. W. Holsinger; Corks and Curls vol. 9 (1896), pg. 6

I hope you find some of this information useful, and that something here can help to flesh out your research.  Again, I wish the best of luck to all of us with all our upcoming Hunting and Gathering.

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  1. Frances Osborn Robb · · Reply

    Thanks for the great tips. My Dad helped design ships for Ingalls that were built at their Decatur AL plant during WWII, so it was especially fascinating to see how searchable were the images made by OWI in those years. FR

    1. What a fun link to that Tip, Frances. Thanks again for reading.

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