Tag Archives: Nineteenth Century

In the Photographer’s Studio – Hats On or Off?

Boy with boater hat in hand. Carte de visite ca. 1870 by J. G. Steiger, Savannah, Georgia; collection of E. Lee Eltzroth This week some images of people in the photographer’s studio with a hat in hand, or on their head! I think in the studio it would be the photographer who would decide about […]

CAMERA CLUBS AND SOME AMATEUR ACTIVITY IN GEORGIA AFTER 1880, PART 2

“An Amateur Photographer” by George W. Spencer, ca. 1907; Courtesy Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division;  LC-USZ62-30786 In this post, part two of two on camera clubs and similar organizations formed in Georgia after 1880, we’ll look at the clubs and amateur activity in Atlanta and the surrounding area (aka Metro Atlanta). There were some […]

Camera Clubs and Some Amateur Activity in Georgia after 1880, part 1

1903 Camera Club, Agnes Scott Institute; from 1903 Silhouette page 103, collection Agnes Scott College, McCain Library Special Collections & Archives http://tinyurl.com/lyyal7d Camera clubs, Kodak Clubs, Amateur Photography Clubs, and groups with similar names began forming in Georgia by 1881. Some of these lasted into the mid-20th century, several died out and were never revived, some died […]

Tuesday Tips – a WOW Week for Researchers!

Tissue Paper Ball, by Wesley Hirshburg; Atlanta Constitution, 1909 The post below, originally published on June 16, 2014, suddenly disappeared from this blog. I am using the copy of the post saved by the ever wonderful and resourceful Frances Robb, and I am so grateful. Stay tuned for news here of the publication of Frances’s […]

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 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 […]