Tintype CDV full-length of an African American gentleman identified as Moses Chandler. Goodridge Brothers: East Saginaw, Michigan, n.d., ca 1870. Encased in card mat with Goodridge Brothers imprint to the verso. Pencil inscription on verso identifies the subject. Mr. Chandler, identified as the son of a preacher, stands with his hand resting on the back of a chair while wearing a long jacket. His cheeks and tie have been very lightly tinted by an expert hand. Captured in the early decades of the Goodridge brothers' long career in East Saginaw.
Wallace L, William O., and Glenalvin J. - collectively known as the Goodridge Brothers - were some of the first African American photographers and were also highly successful. Renowned for their artistic ability and technological prowess and adaptability, their studio in East Saginaw, Michigan was open from 1866 until 1922. Their father, born a slave, had gained his freedom and had become a successful businessman in York, Pennsylvania. At five stories, his office building was the tallest structure in York. Glenalvin, the oldest of the brothers began operating a photography studio here in the late 1840s.
The family were stationmasters in the Underground Railroad with hiding places in both their office building and their home. When the Civil War came close to home with the Battle of Gettysburg, just thirty miles southwest of York, the Goodridges feared retribution and fled north. The three Goodridge brothers settled in the booming lumber area of East Saginaw in 1863, and re-founded their studio. Glenalvin died in 1866, passing the business along to Wallace and William. They would operate the studio, experimenting and continually adopting new technologies. They took portraits but also expanded their business to produce stereoviews and scenic imagery. They came to be internationally recognized with their photos included in the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris and the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
Image clear and fine. Spotting and slight tear to mat. Encased plate appears to have been snipped to fit the card.
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