Re: [genphoto] Re: old photos on cards
- Thanks for your help and advice on what to do next! Looks like I have my
work cut out for me! Have a great day!
In a message dated 6/28/2005 11:43:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time, tom writes:
> Most states have photo-researchers who have published books listing early[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> photographers, Mississippi is one of the few that, as far as I can tell,
> does not. It is just over the border of Mautz' book Checklist of Western
> Photographers. I have consulted my own files and most bibliographies to
> see. The GEH database is not working this morning, perhaps it would be
> worth a try later.
> I would suggest a trip to a regional library that has old city directories.
> You will find the studio, the years of operation, the names of the owners.
> By looking up all the Matthews in the area, you will see who was associated
> with the studio and who had other occupations. The census may add more
> information. By far the best source of information would be the local
> newspaper on microfilm, you will see their advertisements and also
> occasional news items about them.
> The imprint on the card means the print was finished by the studio. In most
> cases it means the photo was also taken in the studio. Many studios
> operated portable galleries during the summer that visited outlying
> communities, and these photos would usually be imprinted with card stock of
> the home gallery. Ken Allen pointed out that studios often did copy work,
> these can be distinguished by comparison, copies usually have reduced
> optical sharpness and a compressed tonal range.
> Best of luck
> Thomas Robinson
> 441 NE Jarrett St.
> Portland OR 97211-3126