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Brainerd Photographs

DATES October 11, 1940 through November 3, 1940
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  • October 11, 1940: A third showing of photographic prints from the collection of over 2,500 negatives made by George B. Brainard of Brooklyn, between 1870 and 1880, and now in possession of the Brooklyn Museum, goes on public view October 11 to run just over three weeks. In addition to Brooklyn views, which include two sections, Prospect Park and Coney Island, there are sections of views from Long Island, Staten Island, Albany and Troy, and two prints from New Jersey.

    A new feature inaugurated this time is a frame of six unidentified scenes. The public is asked to pick out the subject, if possible. The first person appearing at the Museum and making satisfactory identification will receive a print from the negative as a reward. Although Brainard was meticulous about putting the label on the envelope in which the negative was kept, the fortunes of the collection have been such that some of the envelopes have gone to pieces, thus leaving some gaps in the Museum’s information. As more unidentified prints appear from time to time, a similar practice will be followed.

    These exhibitions are a part of the work which is constantly going on of making prints of the 2,500 negatives to discover their subject matter in positive form. This collection is one that was brought to light when a house on Gates Avenue was emptied several years ago, and the negatives were deposited with the Brooklyn Museum.

    Brainard was a resident of Brooklyn, and began working as an amateur photographer in 1858, at the age of thirteen. In 1878 he was a Deputy Water Purveyor. He spent a great deal of time in the 1870’s photographing scenes in Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, up-state New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Delaware.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 173. View Original
  • October 11, 1940: BROOKLYN
    Brooklyn - From Bridge Tower
    #1425, 1428, 1431

    Brooklyn Bridge

    Erie Basin
    #1794, 1799

    West Brighton

    View of Brooklyn

    Washington Street

    Adelphi Academy

    Public School #3

    Ice on Logs at Hunt’s Dock

    Church of the Redeemer

    The Dump

    Morris House

    City Hall

    Painter on Brooklyn Bridge

    Public School #15

    Christmas Letter Carrier

    Building Brooklyn Bridge

    Brighton Beach

    Pipe Yard, Gowanus

    Storage Reservoir from the Dam

    Pipe Yard, Gowanus Bay

    Up the Trout Brook, New Lots

    Football - Fort Greene

    Photograph of a Painting of Brooklyn

    Washington’s Headquarters

    City Hall Park from Window

    Down the Meadow Lane, New Lots

    Fort Greene Park

    Ice on Hunt’s Dock

    Sleigh at 3rd Avenue

    Fort Greene Park

    De La Paine House

    Geese on Fourth Avenue

    Rag Picker

    Underhill Avenue

    Coal Shoveler

    Street Tinware Man

    Hogs at Dump

    Ducks in Gutter

    Candy Man

    Bay Ridge
    #728, 724, 702, 723

    Distant View - Fort Hamilton

    Flatbush, from Reservoir

    Building Group in Flatbush

    L. A. Wilbour House - Flatbush

    Entrance to Flatbush

    Railroad Station, Flatbush

    Storey’s Wife’s Father’s House

    The Wyckoff House - Flatbush

    Dutch Reformed Church - Flatbush

    Cortelyou House - Flatbush

    Methodist Church – Flatbush

    Group of Houses and Street

    Lott’s Mill - Flatbush
    Photograph of sketch by W.H. Story

    Johnny Smith’s Boat House

    Repaving Clinton Street

    Buffalo Bill

    Clinton Street, Brooklyn

    Montague Street - Bridge

    Soap Fat Man

    Repairing Clinton Street

    Packard House, Remsen Street

    Conelquot River at Club House
    # 581

    Club House

    Life Boat - Amagansett

    Ely’s Artesian Well (?)

    From Hill - Flanders, L.I.

    Distant View of Blue Point, L.I.

    Creek at Ashmonague, L.I.

    Beach at Ashmonague, L. I.

    Station at Babylon

    Meeting House Creek - Aquebogue

    Belle Pago, L.I.

    Sandbank of Belle Pago Brick Yard

    Cider and Sorghum Mill - Aquebogue

    Congregational Church, Aquebogue

    Club House - Long Island

    Station at Club House - L.I.

    Church - Amagansett

    Claybeds of Belle Pago Brick Yard

    New Brighton, Staten Island
    #1566, 1567

    North Shore, Staten Island
    #1560, 1559

    Elm Park, North Shore

    Staten Island

    Elm Park, Staten Island

    Lake at Prospect Park
    #1747, 1758

    Prospect Park
    #1589, 729, 1538

    A Breakdown

    Snow Scene - Prospect Park
    #267, 708, 1000, 1430, 270

    Sheep - Prospect Park

    Deer - Prospect Park

    Bridge Prospect Park

    Mt. Prospect Engine

    Storage Reservoir, Gate Chamber

    Prospect Park, View from Mountain

    Prospect Hill Residence

    Skating - Prospect Park

    Payne's Bust - Prospect Park

    Gate House, Prospect Hill Reservoir

    Prospect Hill Reservoir

    View from Prospect Hill Reservoir

    Tablet at Prospect Hill Reservoir

    Coney Island
    #1135, 714, 1127, 2136

    Beach - Coney Island
    #275, 2119, 2116

    Coney Island Railroad Station

    Wreck on Beach - Coney Island
    November 3, 1874

    Steamboat Landing - Coney Island

    One-Legged Athlete at Coney Island

    Coney Island from Little Pier

    Coney Island Brighton Beach Railroad Station

    North View of Coney Island

    Coney Island East from Iron Pier

    Swings at Coney Island

    Little Wader at Coney Island

    Entrance to Iron Pier - Coney Island

    Mastadon - Albany, N.Y.

    River at Albany, N.Y.

    Albany, New York
    #1134, 1140

    Second Street, Troy, New York

    River & Grand Division, Troy, N.Y.

    Holy Cross Church, Troy, N.Y.

    One River Street, Troy, N.Y.

    At the Bridge - Troy, New York

    View near Communipow, New Jersey

    Children at Bridge

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 174-6. View Original 1 . View Original 2 . View Original 3
  • October 19, 1940: The Brooklyn Museum’s plans for the greater part of the 1940-41 season and the first part of the 1941-42 season have just been announced.

    The principal exhibitions of the year begin with “Art Finds a Way,” a graphic comment on the subject of skilled work, about which there is so much discussion today, and will demonstrate the great skills man has developed through the years in producing useful objects that have become recognized as objects of art. This exhibition, arranged under the direction of Dr. Herbert J. Spinden, Curator of the Department of American Indian Art and Primitive Cultures, will be made up principally from the Museum’s collections augmented by several loans. It will run from November 1 through January 2.

    Also opening in November is an exhibition of Children’s Clothing, showing the development for the last 125 years and the emergence from slavish copying of adult costume into special designs for the younger generation. Materials for this exhibition will also come principally from the Museum’s collection, enhanced by a few loans. This show is being arranged by Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Supervisor of the Department of Education, and will extend from November 9 through January 12.

    On the 23rd of January, “Paganism and Christianity in Egypt - The Art of Egypt from the First to the Tenth Century,” will open. It will be the first purely Coptic showing arranged in this country. This is being prepared by the Museum’s Department of Egyptology. The exhibition will close on March 9.

    A show for which the Museum is internationally famous, the Biennial Water Color Exhibition, will open on March 27 and close May 11. It will be arranged under the supervision of John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture.

    Another exhibition arranged from the Costume collections will be a showing of millinery, past and current, from March 8 through April 20, which will also be arranged by Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Supervisor of the Department of Education.

    The last large exhibition of the season will be made up of art from the printing press, to demonstrate the problems of those who are producing art every day, week and month for the great public, and the process involved in doing so. This exhibition is being arranged by a committee composed of Ralph Halker, architect, George Welp, art director, and Edward A. Wilson, illustrator, together with representatives of the Museum.

    Following the Silk Screen Prints exhibition, arranged by the Print Department, which opened September 20 and will run through October 20, is “The Stage is Set”, running from October 4 through November 17, made up of reproductions of theatre, opera and ballet subjects selected from Library material. As the result of the continual work which is going on in the Photographic Department at the Museum of the printing of negatives from the George B. Brainard Collection of 2,500 views of this part of the country, a third showing of prints will be put on view October 11 and will continue through November 3.

    On the 24th of October the Print Department will hang an exhibition of Current Campaign Cartoons by artists well known in this field, which will continue through December 1. During the same period but opening a day later, October 25, a gift in the form of a group of pressed glass, collected by Mrs. William Greig Walker and presented to the Museum as the result of a subscription fund, will be shown for the first time. The 138 items are all impressed with subjects relating to persons and events that held public interest in the United States, and to some extent in Europe, between 1820 and 1940. The title of the exhibition is “History in Pressed Glass.

    “The Nativity in Art,” made up of reproductions of 15th Century woodcuts and medieval manuscripts, will be put on view November 22 to continue through January 5. This exhibition was arranged by Miss Alice Ford, a member of the Art Reference Library staff. A showing of Recent Accessions will open on December 5 and extend through January 12. In this same period the exhibition called “Forever Young” will be shown. The latter will be composed of illustrations for children’s books, arranged by the Print Department. January 18 through February 2 the annual showing of the work of Brooklyn artists, restricted this year to water colors, will be arranged by John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture, and there will be another exhibition in January of other views of Brooklyn and Long Island from the George B. Brainard Collection, from January 9 through February 9.

    For the 1941-42 season the following exhibitions are already planned: Paintings by John Quidor (1801-1881), and also a collection of works by William S. Mount (1807-1868), both arranged by John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture; and “Colonial Art of Latin America,” prepared under the supervision of Dr. Herbert J. Spinden, Curator of the Department of American Indian Art and Primitive Cultures.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 181-3. View Original 1 . View Original 2 . View Original 3