Lot 2166    

Early Photos of U.S. Towns and Steamboats, Including Indiana City After Tornado 
12/6/2012 - American History: TIMED Auction - ends 12/17
Lot of 8 photographs, including:

a 4.5" x 6.5" unmounted photograph, circa 1890, of Specht's Ferry, identifiable by a sign on one of the buildings. Specht's Ferry operated on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, across from Wisconsin, from 1851 until 1948. Newspaper accounts dated in early September, 1895, describe the building seen in the photograph as being destroyed by a massive explosion caused by the ferryman's son carelessly shooting his rifle near a cache of dynamite stored under the boarding house, killing most of the family and sending their bodies 200 yards through the air. It was rebuilt and operable for another 50 years, finally being abandoned in 1948 when propagation of Mississippi River bridges made it obsolete.

a 4" x 7.75" unmounted photograph of Peoria, Illinois, ca 1898, with a large Barnum and Bailey advertisement visible near the center;

a 5" x 8.25" mounted photograph of a public building in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, with businesses visible including the Fitchburg Sentinel, J. Baldwin Grocer, the Cold Blast Market, and Lowe Grain & Feed, with the backmark of Fitchburg photographer J.C. Moulton;

a boudoir photograph (5.25" x 8.5") by photographer L.B. Howard, with his Brockton and Brant Rock, Massachusetts imprint on recto, identified in ink on verso as Montello Mass depot looking up Field St;

a boudoir card of Rochester, New York, centered on a large lumber yard, crudely trimmed to 4.25" x 7.75", with the partial imprint of Rochester photographer Pomeroy;

a mounted 8" x 10" photograph of men surveying destruction caused by a tornado or explosion, penciled on verso S.W. Smith / Elwood, Indiana;

a silver gelatin boudoir photograph of the steamer Jim Montgomery anchored next to a floating U.S. Mail Line Co. office and two other barges on a mostly frozen Ohio River, taken by Madison, Indiana, photographer Herbert M. Flora, with his hand stamp on verso; the Jim Montgomery is referenced in the 1893 report of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as running the 17 mile route between Madison and Bethlehem, Indiana, ten months a year, and noted elsewhere as having been chartered during the flood of 1884 to provide food and supplies upriver as far as Pomeroy, Ohio;

and a 10" x 13.75" photograph, titled in the margin of the print Scene at Davis Island Dam, Ohio River. Celebration of the Freeing of Navigation on the Monongahela River, July, 1897., showing a large crowd gathered on and around several paddle wheelers, including the Sam Brown in the foreground.
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