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Albumen photo of Harvey Denison Kitchel and sons ASP111-1

Albumen photograph of Harvey Denison Kitchel (1812-1895), president of Middlebury College, VT from 1866-1875, posing with his six sons. They are Harvey Sheldon, Courtney, Cornelius, Stanley, Luther and Farrand. The photograph was taken during Mr. Kitchel's term as president of the college, most likely about 1870. The actual oval of photographic paper measures 7 1/4"w x 5"h (18 x 13 cm) and is mounted, within two gilt oval lines, to a heavier paper that measures 8"h x 10"w. Save for two very short marks to the immediate right of the elder Kitchel, the image is in fine condition with excellent contrast. Scarce and desirable. $105.00

Ohio River Bridge Gelatin Silver Print ASP2-1

Gelatin Silver print, 4 1/2" h x 7" w (11.5 x 18 cm), of the Beaver bridge in Beaver, PA. Designed by Albert Lucius and built between 1908-1910 by the McClintic-Marshall Company of Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. The photo can almost definitely be dated to 1910, as it's still possible to see, in the center left margin, part of the older single track bridge which was demolished upon completion of the new one, in 1910. Attached to olive cardboard mount, with a touch of chipping to edges. Photo in excellent condtion with beautiful silver-brown toning. $65.00

Klemm's Dept. Store Occupational Vintage Photo ASP3-1

Great early twentieth-century unmounted occupational gelatin silver photograph, 8"h x 10"w (20 x 25 cm). It shows a group of sales ladies in a department store gathered around a table for their lunch break holding their sandwiches and cups of coffee. On the verso is written in pencil; "April 1919, Klemm's Dept. Store". In addition, on verso is written in pen the last names of all fourteen women in the photo, listed as "Miss" or "Mrs." C. W. Klemm's was a department store in Bloomington, IL. Scattered light foxing to upper right corner. 1" shallow chip to white border at bottom center edge, not affecting actual image. Scan of verso with list of names, and scan of photo border available upon request. $50.00

Taughannock Falls albumen photograph ASP212-1

Albumen photograph, 5 1/4" h x 3 3/4" w (13.33 x 9.5 cm) of Taughannock Falls outside of Ithaca, NY. Its 215 foot plunge is the highest single drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains and is easily recognized by the unique fractures in the walls of the gorge that it tumbles into. Now part of a state park in Tompkins County, in the latter half of the nineteenth century these falls and its surrounding forest were a major tourist attraction with a number of resort hotels close enough to afford a view. This photograph was most likely purchased as a memento of a vacation and is very scarce. I've never seen another like it in this format. Circa 1875. No photographer or studio credits. Attached to a stiff beige period mount measuring 10" hx 8" w. Some light foxing and soiling to mount. Else, photo is in fine, clean condition with superb toning. Very special. $100.00

Providence Rally Gelatin Silver Print ASP5-1

Gelatin silver print, 4 1/2" h x 6 1/2"w (11.4 x 16.5 cm), of a World War I rally in Providence, RI. Shown is city hall festooned with American flags, in front of which is a bunting-draped bleacher with a "human flag". Crowds of pedestrians have gathered in the streets, and can also be seen congregating in various windows and on rooftops. To the right of City Hall is a low row of buildings with billboards on top that formed part of the old train station. The Biltmore Hotel stands there now. Written in pen on the verso is; "1917 or 1918, City Hall Steps / During World War One". Attached to an elaborate two-tone and decoratively blind stamped mount labeled "Bradbury, Providence, RI". Photograph in beautiful condition, with rich silver-brown toning and great focus. Scan of mount available upon request. $55.00

Firemen Gelatin Silver Print ASP6-1

Great occupational gelatin silver, 4 1/2" h x 6 1/2" w (11.5 x 16.5 cm), print of thirteen firemen posing in front of a station house in their dress uniforms. Unidentified location, circa 1915. Photo in near fine condition, attached to a black mount chipped on one corner. Scan of mount available upon request. $50.00

Memento mori Gelatin Silver Print ASP7-1

Gelatin silver post mortem photo, 7 1/2" h x 9 1/2"w (19 x 24 cm), of a young man in a white coffin. Circa 1925. Housed in a photographer's decorative folder with the label "M. Niemiec Studio, Easthampton, MA". Both photo and folder in as-new condition. $25.00

New Old South Church, Boston albumen cabinet cardTrinity Church, Boston albumen cabinet card Berkeley Street, Boston albumen cabinet card Old Institute of Technology, Boston albumen cabinet card ASP194-1

Collection of four albumen photographs, mounted as cabinet cards, of Boston Landmarks. The first image is the New Old South Church designed and built in the 1870's in Boston's Back Bay. The second image is Trinity Church, designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, and completed in 1877. It established Richardson's reputation in the United States and ushered in the architectural style known as "Richardsonian Romanesque". The third image is a view of Berkeley Street taken from the corner of Boylston and Berkeley looking towards Commonwealth Avenue. The church is the Church of the Covenant, designed in the Gothic Revival style by Richard M. Upjohn, and completed in 1867. The building in the left foreground of this same image was built in 1863 as the New England Museum of Natural History, and has served numerous purposes since, including the Boston location of the Bonwit Teller department store for over fifty years. The fourth image is the original Institute of Technology. This first MIT building was completed in Boston's Back Bay in 1866 and would be known as "Boston Tech" from then until 1916 when the campus moved across the Charles River to Cambridge. All three churches still stand today and all three are listed as national historic sites. Photos circa 1875. No studio identification. All four photos are titled on the verso in ink in the same contemporary hand. Condition varies from very good to near fine. $75.00, the collection.

Post Mortem Gelatin Silver Print ASP9-1

Gelatin silver post mortem photo, 8" h x 10" w (20 x 25 cm), of a woman in an elegantly lined and bedecked coffin. In front of the coffin is a framed photo of the deceased with family members. To the right is a flowered cross with a clock at it's base, presumably set to the time of the deceased's death. In addition, there's a candelabra with three candles burning, condolence cards laid out in the coffin, and numerous elaborate floral bouquets. Detroit, 1923. Photo in excellent condition with rich silver-brown toning. $35.00

F. Krichewsky Gelatin Silver Print ASP10-1

Gelatin silver photo, 5 3/4"h x 4"w (15 x 10 cm), of a very endearing dog on a stoop. Notice the way the leash trails off to the right out of the photo, and how you can see the shadow of the hand that's holding the leash. (I think it's a childs) Also, the torso of a woman standing behind the door with it's deeply carved panels, and it's doorknobs gleaming in the sun. Attached to a beige card board mount 8 h x 5 3/4"w, with the stamp of "F. Krichewsky, Photographer, Bronx, NY" on the verso. Circa 1920's. Chip to one corner of mount. Else, photo in fine condition with lovely brown toning. $25.00

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