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October 2019

Photograph. Cyanotype Print C. BITTNER, WOODSVILLE, PRINTER. Interesting image of a turn of the century printer. As this is an oval cyanotype print, my guess is that it was a trial printing of an image to be used in a magazine or book. Read more →

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Photograph Labeled: Bremer, Ilion, N. Y. c1890. A very unusual group photograph of print shop workers. Judging by the clothing and the type of image, my guess is c1890. I asked Toby Hall of the EAIA to take a look at this image in order to identify the people and... Read more →

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Photograph: Cabinet Card Three Shipwrights. At least that is my current guess. The photograph came from the New Jersey coast. These three fine looking gentlemen are wearing matching coveralls, spiffy hats and holding the tools of their trade. The gent on the left is holding a mallet and what appears... Read more →

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Cabinet Card print of Full Plate Tintype Shipwrights, Ship Hull. Location - New England c1880? The small right angle black areas at the bottom two corners of this print indicate that this was originally a full plate TinType. Someone saw fit to make an Albumen print at Cabinet Card size.... Read more →

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Photograph: Cabinet Card Shoe Factory, Assembly Floor. c1885. When I found this image, it was in even worse shape. Lots of gentle cleaning and the image came up to snuff. This is one of those great 'spur of the moment' images that contains a wealth of information. If you know... Read more →

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Photograph: Cabinet Card LEATHER OR HARNESS SHOP INTERIOR. Cabinet Card. Judging from the bales of leather on the floor and the pile of what appear to be either belts or harness straps... this is the shop of leather workers of some sort. How's that for an educated guess? Read more →

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Photograph: Cabinet Card KISTLER, IOWA MILLWORK SHOP. Cabinet Card. All I know is that this was labeled Kistler, Iowa. "Father". I don't know which one is Father. This looks like a millwork shop to me. There's a heavy commercial surface circular sander, bandsaw, table saw, lathe and one mitre box... Read more →

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Photograph: Cabinet Card SHINGLE MAKERS ?. Cabinet Card. Perhaps the photographer had had too much to drink that afternoon? The workers and the shack all decided to lean over at the same time? My guess is that these fellows are shingle makers, judging by the form of drawknife they are... Read more →

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Photograph: Carte de Visite MAN HOLDING LUMBER RULE. CDV. What the well dressed lumber yard employee wears to work. From the photography shop of Napoleon Sarony, 680 Broadway, N. Y., a particularly famous photographer. Read more →

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Photograph: Stereoview NORWEGIAN UP & DOWN GANG SAW MILL. c1910. Stereoview, A particularly interesting view of a turn of the century Norwegian gang up and down, or vertical saw mill.The card itself is actually quite bowed due to the effects of humidity and the expansion of dissimilar materials. Read more →

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