Tag Archives: History

A Photographer Fourth of July

Civil War-era envelope from Maine, “Onward to victory”; courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division;  LC-DIG-ppmsca-31820 It’s July 4th and a time to celebrate this great country of ours. But of course people are born and people die on this day, just as they do on any other. On this particular date, two interesting Georgia […]

Friday Faces: The Adams Family (of Atlanta photographers)

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re all together ooky, The Addams Family! Whenever I think about Atlanta photographers with the surname of Adams, the theme song for the TV show “The Addams Family”  comes to my mind. The song was written and composed by Vic Mizzy, and it was also used in […]

More News You Can Use, Tuesday Tips

Cornelius Conway Felton with His Hat and Coat, Daguerreotype by John Adams Whipple, early 1850s; courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Rubel Collection, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gifts, 1997; accession 1997.382.4 1 Today, some information I recently came across that I hope […]

Friday Faces: The Story of a Texas Photograph

Mrs. T. P. Atkinson, hand-tinted carte de viste by J. P. Blessing & Bro. , Houston TX (author’s collection) I have been very lucky to be contacted from time to time by people who read my blog posts. These messages to me are often very helpful and sometimes quite enlightening. This story describes one of […]

Mirror Image – It’s My Blogiversary!

   Cabinet Card of a girl and her mirror image by E. L. Mudge, Chattanooga TN; author’s collection The card photograph above was not made by a Georgia photographer, but it was given to me by a dear friend who is a great supporter of my efforts to document Georgia, and other, photographers working in […]

Monday Musings

Detail, J. A. Pugh cabinet card back mark; author’s collection It has been awhile since I posted anything on this blog! And it will be another while until I am able to post the first of several pieces I have in the works on Georgia photographers. I am not sure which of my “almost ready” […]

Off My Shelf – an occasional series: Photography and the American Scene

My books mean a lot to me – can I put it more simply than that? The first photo-history book I ever purchased for myself, in 1979, is considered a classic. That book is called Photography and the American Scene; a Social History, 1839-1889. It was first published in 1938 by Macmillan. My own copy […]

Decoding the History of Photography – Free & Inexpensive E-books (Tuesday Tips)

 Eugène Atget, Place de la Bastille, Albumen silver print, negative 1910-11; courtesy of the Getty Open Content Program There are many wonderful books available on the history of photography, on photographic processes and identification. You can purchase them, or refer to them in, or check them out of, a library. But there are also free and inexpensive […]

An African American Itinerant Photographer, Friday’s Face from the Past

Vienna News, 26 March 1902 page 4; Digital Library of GA South GA Historic Newspapers For the last few years, when I have the time, I have been researching a man named F. P. Pepper (Fremont P, and I believe the “P” may stand for Philip; born about 1855). He is a man who was an […]

Tuesday Tips – More Research News You Can Use

Two Metalworkers, Daguerreotype by unknown photographer, 1855; digital images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program I was able to attend the Henry D. Green Symposium on the Decorative Art this February, although I had been iced-in the two days before — I was lucky in that I am only a few hours away from […]