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Historical Photographs of the West & the Adirondacks Region (Thomas F. Morris Collection)

DATES October 09, 1932 through November 15, 1932
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  • October 9, 1932 THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM will present a feature of great interest from October 9 to 31, an exhibition of Early Historical Photographs from the collection of Thomas E. Morris. The exhibition will be held in the Library Gallery on the first floor. There are 420 of these photographs covering the Adirondack region and the West. The larger number of the photographs were taken by S. R. Stoddard and W. J. Jackson and range in date from 1869 to 1890. Most of the photographs are from the original negatives, taken and developed when the photographic art was in its infancy. Their state of preservation is remarkably good.

    Among the early Adirondack scenes by Stoddard as they appeared 45 to 60 years ago, are many early landmarks which have long since disappeared. The old time stage coaches running into the Adirondack wilderness lakes, rivers, mountains and the steam boats which then plied on the various navigable bodies of water make interesting material for pictures.

    The greater part of the Western group were taken by Mr. Jackson, who was one of the first photographers to penetrate this region with his camera, early as 1868. Since photography in those days meant carrying the "dark room" along, with all its attendant paraphernalia, the success of Mr. Jackson's pictures is a tribute to his skill and physical perseverance. From 1867 to 1878 he was official photographer of the Hayden –U.S. Geological Survey.

    Among the high spots of the exhibition are what are believed to be the first photographs of:

    Brown's Famous Half Way House near Lake George
    Fort Ticonderoga
    Lake Placid, showing "Nash" farm house where present village stands
    John Brown Homestead at North Elba, and his grave
    Mormons quarrying rock, 1872
    View of Great Salt Lake City taken in 1868
    Yellowstone Park

    Note: These photographs can be seen by the Press Oct. 3–8
    Photographs available for photo and news sections.
    Call Publicity Department Nevins 8-5000

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 07-12_1932, 054.
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