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Personal Photograph Collection.
Richard Alan Wood
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.
We have been a member of the Daguerreian Society for 20 years.
Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Charles Fisher Lincoln of North Sherburne, Vermont, where he was the postmaster in 1855. The Daguerreotype was taken Feb 20, 1855 while he was postmaster. He later moved to Woodstock Vermont and became a farmer. He and his wife Eliza Arabel Avery Lincoln had 8 children.
|Quarter plate Daguerreotype, by Henry E. Insley,
of Revolutionary War soldier John Battin who was born in
1752. This Daguerreotype was probably taken on the
occasion of his 100th birthday. The drawing at right was
taken from this very Daguerreotype (Lossing Vol 2, page
621 or 827 depending on edition). From Benson J.
Field Book Of The Revolution, volume 2, chapter
23: "Of all the gallant men who battled there on that
day [the Battle of Fort Washington, November 16, 1776],
not one is known among the living [published in 1859].
Probably the last survivor of them all, and the last
living relic of the British army in America, was the
venerable JOHN BATTIN, who died at his residence in
Greenwich Street, in the city of New York, on the
twenty-ninth of June, 1852, at the age of one hundred
years and four months. His body is entombed in Trinity
Cemetery, upon the very ground where he fought for his
king seventy-six years before.... Mr. Battin came to
America with the British army in 1776, and was engaged
in the battles near Brooklyn, at White Plains, and Fort
Washington. After the British went into winter quarters
in New York, and Cornwallis’s division (to which he was
attached), returned from Trenton and Princeton, he took
lessons in horsemanship in the Middle Dutch church (now
the city post-office), then converted into a circus for
a riding-school. He then joined the cavalry regiment of
Colonel Birch, in which he held the offices of orderly
sergeant and cornet. He was in New York during the "hard
winter" of 1779-80, and assisted in dragging British
cannons over the frozen bay from Fort George to Staten
Island. He was always averse to fighting the Americans,
yet, as in duty bound, he was faithful to his king.
While Prince William Henry, afterward William the
Fourth, was here, he was one of his body-guard. Twice he
was sent to England by Sir Henry Clinton with
dispatches, and being one of the most active men in the
corps, he was frequently employed by the
commander-in-chief in important services. With hundreds
more, he remained in New York when the British army
departed in 1783, resolved to make America his future
home. He married soon after the war, and at the time of
his death had lived with his wife (now aged
eighty-three) sixty-five years. For more than fifty
years, he walked every morning upon first the old, and
then the new, or present Battery, unmindful of inclement
weather. He always enjoyed remarkable health. He
continued exercise in the street near his dwelling until
within a few days of his death, though with increasing
feebleness of step. The gay young men of half a century
ago (now gray-haired old men) remember his
well-conducted house of refreshment, corner of John and
Nassau Streets [lower Manhattan], where they enjoyed
oyster suppers and good liquors. The preceding sketch of
his person is from a Daguerreotype by Insley, made a few
months before his departure."
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Washington
"Mr. Brower was married at New York city, in May, 1850, to Anna C., youngest daughter of John Battin, a soldier of the British army, who came to this country during the War of the Revolution, with Admiral Lord Howe, who appointed him, with others, as body guard to Prince William Henry, afterwards King William IVth, who was then a midshipman in the British navy, and on a visit to this country. He served during the war, and when the British troops evacuated, he had become so infatuated with America, that he was not found amongst the soldiers that returned home. He lived to the remarkable age of 100 years, and up to the last year of his life, clung to the old-fashioned costume of white stockings, and knee breeches." (from: History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin. Union Publishing Company, Springfield, IL. 1884. By Consul Willshire Butterfield.)
I also have one of John Battin's diamond-encrusted knee buckles that he used to keep his socks attached to his knee breeches. See photo on right.
Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of 9 year old
Lyman Eckford Post (Jr.) of Westbrook, Ct. He became a
farmer. The family farm was on the Westbrook shore.
His father was Capt. Lyman Eckford Post also of
Westbrook. The dag is dated Sept 15, 1849. In 1897
there was a notice in the Connecticut Quarterly that
the articles made from the famous Charter Oak Tree,
that were exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in
1876, were at the home of Lyman Eckford Post, and were
to be sold. In the Aug 24, 1911, Springfield
Republican newspaper was the notice that "W.F. Heins
went on a fishing trip last week just off of Southwest
Reef. He went with Lyman Post in the latter's 30 foot
launch. A fine string of 14 blackfish were brought in
weighing between three and seven pounds." (I used to
fish Southwest Reef myself, for bluefish on 4 pound
test line, in my Brockway high-sided rowboat with 10hp
Mercury, in the 1960's). It's a small world.
Sixth plate daguerreotype portrait (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Harrison Gray Blake, born 1788, famous as the husband of Lucy Blake who perished on Green Mountain, in Vermont, on Dec. 20, 1821, known as the Stratton Mountain Tragedy. Lucy Blake was able to protect her 18 month old daughter by wrapping her in coats. The baby survived and Harrison Gray Blake suffered severe frostbite and lost 4 toes. The poem, "A Mother’s Sacrifice", by Seba Smith, became very popular and inspired the 1843 song "The Snow Storm" which itself became famous and was performed at the concerts of the Hutchinson Family: "Oh, God she cried in accents wild, if I must perish, save my child." Harrison Gray Blake's father, James Blake, worked in his father's tinsmith shop in Boston before the Revolutionary War. James and his father, Increase Blake, participated in the Boston Tea Party, and James stuffed his overgrown shoes (he was wearing his father's shoes) with tea for his mother, which became very scarce when the fighting began. Increase Blake and James Blake, grandfather and father of Harrison Gray Blake, the subject of the daguerreotype, made canteens and cartridge boxes for the patriots during the Revolutionary War.
The Snow Storm, A Ballad
Poetry by Seba Smith, Music by L. Heath
(Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1843)
The cold wind swept the mountain's height,
And pathless was the dreary wild,
And mid the cheerless hours of night
A mother wandered with her child.
As through the drifted snows she pressed,
The babe was sleeping on her breast,
The babe was sleeping on her breast.
And colder still the winds did blow,
And darker hours of night came on,
And deeper grew the drifts of snow--
Her limbs were chilled, her strength was gone.
"O God!" she cried, in accents wild,
"If I must perish, save my child,
"If I must perish save my child."
She stript her mantle from her breast,
And bared her bosom to the storm;
As round the child she wrapped the vest,
She smiled to think that it was warm.
With one cold kiss, one tear she shed,
And sunk upon a snowy bed,
And sunk upon a snowy bed.
At dawn, a traveller passed by,
And saw her 'neath a snowy veil--
The frost of death was in her eye,
Her cheek was cold, and hard and pale--
He moved the robe from off the child;
The babe looked up, and sweetly smiled,
The babe looked up, and sweetly smiled.
Compelling Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of George C. Bain holding his four month old son Patterson Bain, taken in 1850 in St Louis. This collection includes four other daguerreotypes from the Bain family of St. Louis and Lexington, Kentucky. George C. Bain was nursed/raised by his family's slave, Harriet Bell, who ran away in 1844 with her husband Lewis Hayden, never to be seen by the Bains again. About 45 years later George C. Bain placed a notice in the newspaper stating that he wanted to contact Harriet. Here are some newspaper clippings pertaining to this:
Not surprisingly George C. Bain fought for the south in the civil war as a Lieutenant and later a Captain in the Department & Army of Tennessee.
Harriet Hayden's grave: http://tinyurl.com/k74huln
More on the story of Lewis and Harriet Hayden: http://tinyurl.com/o5pqeo4
Captain George C. Bain's Confederate Cipher Reader:
At right is half of the daguerreotype case showing the silk pad that is opposite the daguerreotype of George C. Bain holding his four month old son Patterson Bain.
Sixth plate Daguerreotype portrait (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Frederick Rammelsberg, famed furniture maker and partner of the firm Mitchell & Rammelsberg of Cincinnati, which were the largest furniture manufacturers in the world at one time. Identified by a type-written note "Frederick Rammelsberg b. 1814 Germany."
Sixth plate Daguerreotype portrait (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Captain John Campbell (1779-1853) of Waitsfield, Vermont, who commanded a company of Peck's 4th regiment of the Vermont Militia at the Battle of Plattsburgh, War of 1812. The
daguerreotype came from the Connecticut estate of one of his descendants.
|Quarter plate Daguerreotype ( 3
1/4 by 4 1/4 inches) of Edwin Henry Fitler, who was
mayor of Philadelphia from 1887-1891. But more importantly,
he was one of the major producers of rope in America during
the second half of the 19th century. Ships carried his ropes
and rigging all over the world, from the clipper ship era
through the north pacific whaling era. In 1846, after
studying law briefly, Fitler entered the cordage factory of
George J. Weaver. In two years time he became so
knowledgeable that he was invited into the business as a
full partner, the firm changing its name to George J. Weaver
& Co. An 1857 advertisement had this to say about
Fitler’s establishment: Messrs. Weaver, Fitler & Co. are
proprietors of the Fairhill Steam Cordage Works,
manufacturing every style of Manilla, Tarred and Italian
Ropes, Tow Lines for canal boats, all the various styles of
Carpet and seine Twine, &c. They have constantly on
hand, a full assortment of Ropes, &c; Anchors and Chains
of all Sizes; American, Italian and Russian Hemp Ropes of
any size or description made to order on short notice.
In 1859, Fitler bought out Weaver and changed the company’s name to Edwin H. Fitler & Co. About 1880 the old works at 10th & Germantown was seen as inadequate and a new works was built in Bridesburg. His success continued, and his company eventually became one of the largest cordage manufacturers in the United States. Recognized as a leader in his industry, Fitler served as president of the American Cordage Manufacturers Association. Fitler was also active in other businesses, including board of directors member of the National Bank of the Northern Liberties. Fitler also served as president of the board of trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Medical College, a member of the board of managers of the Edwin Forrest Home, and a board of directors member of the North Pennsylvania Railroad.
A Pioneer Family
of Grand Rapids Michigan
Double sixth plate Daguerreotype portrait (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches each side) of the Simeon Sargent Stewart family of Grand Rapids Michigan. The daguerreotype shows Simeon Stewart with his oldest son on the left plate, and his wife and younger son and daughter on the right plate. "The first settler within the present limits of the township [of Grand Rapids Michigan] was Ezekiel Davis, who located on section thirty-four in 1834. He also erected the first house. During the same summer Lewis Reed, Ezra Reed, Porter Reed, David S. Leavitt, Robert M. Barr, settled in the township. James McCrath, George Young, and Simeon Stewart settled in the year 1836. Robert Thompson, John W. Fisk, and Mathew Taylor settled in the year 1837. Mr. Fisk erected the first hotel, now known as the Lake House."
|Ninth plate daguerreotype
portrait (2 by 2.5 inches) of Farmersville
Texas resident John Henderson Douglas (b. Feb. 18, 1832,
d. Sep. 28, 1915). In a rare hand-painted daguerreotype
case. John H. Douglas
was a farmer and served in the confederate army:
"JOHN H. DOUGLAS. Farmersville, Texas— Born near Columbia, Tenn., Feb. 18, 1832. Enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862. I belonged to Voorheis'(sic) Regiment. Was captured at Fort Donelson, and afterwards those who escaped were formed into a new regiment under Col. Nixon, and I joined Howard's Company (Company B), Forty-Eighth Tennessee Regiment. Was never taken prisoner nor wounded. Was at Port Hudson when the Federals sent that fleet up the river. Was also at Jackson, Miss., after the fall of Vicksburg. From there we went to Dalton, Ga., after the battle of Missionary Ridge, and was in the Atlanta campaign under Johnston, and from there went with Hood into Tennessee.
Aleck and Will Spain were in the same company, and George, another brother, went to Port Hudson to enlist, was taken sick and died there. In the Mississippi campaign between Big Black and Jackson I became over-heated and lost my voice, which has never been fully regained. For several months I could not speak above a whisper.
I thought I was gone one time. I was sent out on picket and was to find my post by some broken limbs, the leaves of which were dead. I missed my way, but found some limbs as described, but found it already occupied by a Yankee picket. It is hardly necessary to say that I did not occupy that post." from Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865. page 195.
A very interesting ninth plate daguerreotype portrait (2 by 2.5 inches) of a sailor in uniform holding a straw hat at his side with the logo similar to the later U.S. Life-saving Service logo of the crossed oar & boat hook, but with his logo having the initials "F.S.S." below the crossed oar & boat hook (centered over the letter "O"). The sailor's name is William E. Schenck, brother of Caroline A. Schenck. The Daguerreotype, in a union case, was taken circa 1856-1859. If anyone knows what this F.S.S. on his hat stands for, please contact me. Thanks!
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