FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS: LOCKPORT NY CA 1900

Sometime in the early 1970s I stopped at a yard sale near Lockport, a town on the Erie Canal northeast of Buffalo, New York — very likely in the yard of the house in this photograph.  There I bought a box of photographic memorabilia; a box camera, a small stack of envelopes full of fading photographs and two boxes of 4”x5” glass plate negatives.  The camera, an Imperial Camera Company Model A, is almost certainly the camera used to take most of the glass plate negatives.  The Imperial Camera Company existed from 1898 to 1904 before being bought out by a larger company but I have found no record of this specific camera.  I know it existed — here’s a photograph of it.

 

Forty years later I decided to print these glass plates using a technique common in the days when they were taken -- albumen printing.  I made the albumen prints from digital negatives of the scanned plates; a bit bigger than the originals.I wish I could identify the family but with nothing to go on but the photographs, alas, I cannot. 

 

Their great-grandchildren should have these photographs rather than a photographer 2725 miles (I looked it up) from Lockport, New York

The Home Place

The Home Place

Jennifer, Emma, and Me

Jennifer, Emma, and Me

Great Uncle Elias

Great Uncle Elias

Me, Baby Jenny, Father & Mother

Me, Baby Jenny, Father & Mother

Jennifer & Jennie

Jennifer & Jennie

Me With Buck

Me With Buck

Buck & Greta's Pups

Buck & Greta's Pups

Thomas, Jennie, Aurelia, & Jennnie

Thomas, Jennie, Aurelia, & Jennnie

Jacob & Jennie with Greta

Jacob & Jennie with Greta

Frannie's Father & Mother

Frannie's Father & Mother

Frannie at the Garden Gate

Frannie at the Garden Gate

"The Other One" of Frannie

"The Other One" of Frannie

Phillip's Classmates

Phillip's Classmates

Independace Day Parade

Independace Day Parade

Forepaugh & Sells Circus

Forepaugh & Sells Circus

 

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