Museum Photography

Photograph: Tintype SAWMILL. Quarter plate Tintype. My guess is c1870. Although fairly damaged by corrosion and other suface degrading, this is still a fascinating image. I beleive this is a steam driven sawmill. It's very unusual to find a closeup of a sawmill. Most often, tintypes and cabinet cards of... Read more →

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Real Photo Post Card 7 WOODWORKERS SITTING IN A HUGE PILE OF WOOD SHAVINGS. c1904-1918. One of my favorite Real Photo Post Cards. I examined the image under magnification but could not make out what they made. There is a stack of cut lumber in the outside shed, a man... Read more →

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Photograph: Cabinet Card Pattern Shop. c1890. Cabinet card. There is an incredible wealth of detail in this one card. At some point in time the photograph was remounted on plain card stock, making it a little difficult to pinpoint the date. Judging by the electrical wiring and the bicycle, my... Read more →

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3 MEN HOLDING FOUNDRY PATTERN RAMMERS. CDV . Hand tinted CDV of three men holding long handled rammers. A rammer was the tool used to compress the sand in the mold box. Read more →

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Photograph, Cabinet Card WOODTURNER AND A MOST PECULIAR LATHE. C1860, Another small albumen print, Cabinet Card. At first I thought that this image included a small dog or cat sitting on the lathe. Close inspection revealed what may be the most imaginative piece of machinery design in history. Note the... Read more →

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Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite) WOODTURNER AT HIS LATHE. c1870. A little large for a CDV, but still a small albumen print on a CDV style mount. Unusual image of a wood turner at his lathe. In the background you can make out a post mounted drill press. Both the... Read more →

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Photograph, Cabinet Card: CARRIAGE SHOP. c1900. Cabinet Cards. Four views of the interior and exterior of a carriage shop. Finished products, men at rest, happy men at the anvil and two proud men with their felloe boring machine. That machine must have cost a pretty penny. Read more →

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Photograph, Cabinet Card "WILLIE". c1900. Cabinet Card. The only annotation on this set of cabinet cards is the name 'Willie". From the looks of it, Willie was a small town, one man wheelwright shop. No fancy machinery, no patented anything. Simple user made jigs fulfilled the basic needs of a... Read more →

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Photograph, Cabinet Card WHEELWRIGHT SHOP. May, 1881. Cabinet Card. Yup, that is exactly what the sign on the shop says: "Wheelwright Shop". And it's dated on the back. Nothing left to the imagination or guesswork on this one. Read more →

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Photograph, Cabinet Card Entitled: "MY GRANDFATHER". Cabinet card size image. This is one of those rare, fully identified photos that combines a great image with detailed information. "My Grandfather; Thomas A. Miller; Expert Wagon Maker; In his shop at Jewell, Kansas. Prior to 1913; 7Th Pennsylvania Cavalry Co. E.; Everett... Read more →

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