Welcome to my personal photograph collection.

These original photographs are NOT for sale.

Do you need 'one time use' of Alaska historical photographs for your research or publication?
For a fee I will provide access
(like a stock photo agency) to the images in my extensive private collection, which is particularly strong in Alaska photographs from the 1870's through the 1880's.
Many of these important images have been acquired over a lifetime of intensive collecting, and can be found nowhere else.
The fee depends on what you need the image for or the nature of the publication.

As time permits I will add the titles of images in my collection. I have especially strong holdings of Brodeck, Ingersoll, Partridge, Davidson, McIntyre, Broadbent, Continent Stereoscopic, etc.


I have in my collection an opalotype (basically an ambrotype on milk glass) of an unidentified woman. I believe this opalotype portrait is of William H. Seward's adopted "daughter" Olive Risley Seward. This opalotype was acquired with a lot of Seward family photographs, including CDV's of his sons, from a direct descendant of William H. Seward's niece. The Opalotype is mounted in an oval hard case.

A magnificent ninth plate ambrotype of clipper ship captain James Downie, who commanded the opium clipper Chinaman. He was born circa 1820 and died in 1868. Captain James Downie was from Rosehearty, Aberdeen, Scotland, and is buried in Hong Kong.

An important 6th plate ambrotype of a New Bedford sailor (he is wearing earrings).
The brass mat is stamped "C. E. Hawes, New Bedford."
The man is in his twenties or thirties and is probably either an African American,
an American Indian (Wampanoag?), or a Cape Verde Native.
Either way it is an important early whaling image. Circa 1855-1860.
At the right is detail of his face.
Ambrotype of New
              Bedford sailor.

Quarter plate ambrotype, in a union case, of Loammi Kendall of Chelsea (Charlestown) Massachusetts. He was an early potter, born June 12, 1781, during the Revolutionary War, who made stoneware including jugs and crocks. He was a major in the 1st brigade, 1st regiment artillery, of the Massachusetts Volunteers, under Col's Page & Dudley, War of 1812. He took part in the erection of the Bunker Hill monument. He helped create the Warren Institution for Savings.

Quarter plate ambrotype of four men and a woman, of part of the Jonathan Coomer family of Newfane Ohio. Identified on the back of the ambrotype are B. G. Coomer, David Coomer, G. M. Coomer (or J. M. Coomer), A. H. Coomer, and Sabra D. Coomer. An associated daguerreotype is listed on my daguerreotypes page.

Ninth plate ambrotype of Alfred Townsend in a nice Cuttingís Patent ambrotype case. His letters are at the Vermont Historical Society: http://vermonthistory.org/documents/findaid/townsend.pdf
From the Vermont Historical Society:
"Alfredís letters, covering 1827-1874, are most interesting. He worked in Boston thanks to Elmer finding him a job by 1827, but he was plagued with ill health, perhaps tuberculosis. By 1831 he was in Windsor, Vermont, as a tailorís apprentice. His January 11, 1833, letter to his parents spoke of Albertís poor behavior and business failure in Bellows Falls. Later, in 1835, when he and Albert were in Georgia, he wrote his sisters telling them not to mention Albertís past problems. Then in 1836 he wrote a long letter home about Albertís wild dissipation and the fact he had given up trying to correct him. He wrote well of the hostility of the Indians in western Georgia, and the Seminole uprising in Florida. By 1837 he was in business in Carthage, Mississippi, and spoke of what a sorry lot the whites were, with their knife fights, etc., and how peaceable the Choctaw were, though liquor-prone. He had mood swings, from feeling business would prosper to discouragement after the depression of 1837-1838, and his being swindled by his partner. Evidently brother Albert lost money when Alfred failed. His first trip north was in 1844. A May 6, 1845, letter described Albertís death. These twins must have had a rocky relationship! By Christmas of 1845 Alfred had married the seventeen-year-old sister of Albertís widow, though another source had said Albert never married. By 1851 he had moved to Texas, farming on property of his wifeís family, owning a slave family, expecting to restore his economic status. By 1853 he had moved to Louisiana, always optimistic for the future but always facing hard times. Often he wrote north of how he would send financial aid, but not yet. A November 21, 1853 letter spoke of the treatment of slaves, that they were mostly content, that he hoped slavery would end but was sure that the Abolitionists were wrong in their approach. His letter of April 8, 1861, explained why he was opposed to Lincoln, wanted Bell and Everett elected, but that he would support the Confederacy in spite of the hard economic times. Evidently there were no exchanges of letters north during the war, for the next letter was in June of 1865, asking his parents if they were still alive. In August of 1865 he said he had just learned of his brother Williamís death, the year before, even though both lived in Louisiana. He spoke of the poverty Williamís family faced, as much of their wealth had been in slaves. By 1868 he had moved to Texas again, to farm, with his son attending Baylor, but the last letter, from his daughter and wife, describe his death. He had a long but not very successful career."

Sixth plate ambrotype portrait (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of William F. Pasman, born 1810, of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He emigrated from New York before 1846. I also have a carte de visite of him taken in Buenos Aires. William Pasman married Sarah Miles.

Sixth plate ambrotype portrait (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Captain George W. McNear (1836-1872), son of Captain Baker McNear. Captain George W. McNear was master of the ship Sardis when he died in Hong Kong at the young age of 35. Captain George W. McNear was the cousin of George W. McNear, the California "wheat king" and C-H Sugar man.

for info please email me at dick@AlaskaWanted.com

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