[Astronomy] Davenport, Iowa Eclipse Photography, 1869

Lot of 2 regular yellow mount views.  One shows a group of men with a special camera designed to photograph the sun, and another telescope pointed skyward on a building rooftop.  Verso period penciled inscription  " Eclipse Photograph Party at Davenport, Iowa.  1869."   The second a view of the Dartmouth College Observatory, with paper label of H.M. Pattee on verso.  
The following description of the Davenport event is discussed in the Putnam Museum Collections catalog: To produce a series of photographic images of an eclipse of the sun, the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences purchased a telescope made by Thomas Lighton of Rock Island for $100. With the telescope, "twenty pretty fair photographs were made" of the eclipse of the sun on August 7, 1869. Davenport photographer P[aul] B. Jones served as the photographer for the event. The Academy planned to sell five hundred sets of prints to other institutions in its first communication with the scientific world. Unfortunately, financial disagreements between P. B. Jones and the Academy slowed the process [see copies of correspondence in file] and it is doubtful that anywhere near that number of sets was produced.

Provenance:Collection of Wes and Shelley Cowan

Condition:First, very good, with minor smudging of mount, second very good plus.

Estimate: $200 - $300
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