Monday, August 31, 2015

Stewart Collection

The Stewart Photographic Collection consists of black-and-white images from prints of glass plate negatives created by amateur photographers (and brothers) Robert Livingston Stewart and William Percy Stewart of Natchez, Mississippi, around 1890-1905. The photographs are primarily of the Natchez area and focus on the Stewart family and activities such as dedication ceremonies, winter storms, floods, steamboats and river scenes.

Robert Livingston Stewart (October 24, 1854-July 28, 1912) and William Percy Stewart (May 20, 1858-April 25, 1928) were sons of Natchez furniture dealer Robert Hill and Caroline Heermans Stewart, grandsons of Natchez cabinetmaker Robert and Susanna Marschalk Stewart, and great-grandsons of early Mississippi printer Andrew Marschalk. Robert Livingston Stewart worked as an accountant in New York and as a bookkeeper in Natchez. He never married, but around the time of his death he was living with his sister, Mary, and a sister-in-law, Chrissie (married to his brother, Rev. Walter Lee Stewart), in Natchez. He was described on page three of the July 30, 1912, Daily Democrat as "a man of quiet demeanor, always gentle and kind, speaking in low, well modulated tones...." William Percy Stewart's front-page obituary in the April 26, 1928, Natchez Democrat proclaimed William "a man of magnetic personality" who "was Senior Member of oldest Firm in Mississippi—Was Widely Known And Esteemed in This Section." He was a cadet at Jefferson Military College in Washington, Mississippi, and a member of the Natchez Rifles. He married Catherine Schwartz and operated the hardware firm Schwartz and Stewart in Natchez (one of the largest south of Memphis from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries) with his brother-in-law, John Edward Schwartz, leaving the business to his son, Robert Percy Stewart. William's daughters, Catherine and Margaret, appear in several of the photographs.

Family on steps. Currently the home of Dr. Thom. Gandy, 
408 North Pearl Street, ca. 1895
Myrtle Bank terrace
Outdoor scene
R. H. Stewart store located in proximity of the Tillmans store. 505 Franklin St, ca. 1890

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Misc New Zealand

 Children in the playground at Khandallah Park, Wellington, ca 1927
 Department of Education buses at Piopio School, Waitomo district, 1924-25
 Historical pageant, Duke & Duchess of York's royal tour, 1927
 People watching an exhibition game at the opening of the 
tennis courts at Wellington East Girls College, 3 November 1926
Photograph of a group in costume, reconstructing 
a scene showing settlers landing at Petone, 1920
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vintage Mexico

These photos of Mexico were taken by William Henry Jackson. All date from 1880-1897.

 An idle crowd
[no degrading stereotypes here, no sir]
 Bathing in the hot springs acequia
 Ferry at Puente Real
 Groups about the sugar mill, Temasopa
Noonday bivouack, government troops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Northwood Brothers

Maori woman with a catch of fish, Northland Region, ca. 1910
Maori women working with fern roots
Men in a row-boat on Houhora Harbour, Northland region, 1930s
Nicholas Covich's gumfield and diggers, Ahipara Hill, Northland region, ca. 1930
Ranganui, Otamatea County, ca, 1930s
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hotel Ezra Cornell

From the Cornell University website, "Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) is an annual weekend-long educational conference, a 90-year tradition at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, put on by the students for hospitality industry leaders." The 90th Hotel Ezra Cornell took place in March of this year. Here are some photographic mementos from earlier ones.

 Hotel Ezra Cornell. Six newly-married couples 
standing near Willard Straight Hall, May 9, 1934
 Waiters' Derby, 13th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, 1938
 Twelve waitresses, with one mannikin, who will serve at 
13th annual opening of Hotel Ezra Cornell, May 13, 1938
 14th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, May 12, 1939
Waitresses' Derby, Hotel Admin, 1944

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

George Frederick Kaye

F K Gourlay, of 22 NZ Battalion, climbs into Bren carrier 
adapted for evacuating wounded in Rimini, Italy, 22 September 1944
French Moroccan troops combine native costume and 
modern fighting equipment in Italy, 24 March 1944
Italian women with rifles and captured German stick grenades 
at Massa Lombarda, Italy, during World War II, 13 April 1945
Three New Zealanders in the forward areas of the Italian Front, 11 April 1944
Traffic of the 2 New Zealand Division moving forward as the 
Germans retreat after the fall of Atina and Belmonte, Italy, 28 May 1944
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daniel Manders Beere

Man standing beside a cart and horses, Australia, ca. 1890s
 Men playing lawn bowls, St Kilda, Melbourne, ca 1890s
 Tennis match played at Hamilton, Kawhia versus Hamilton, 1885
 Unidentified group in bush setting, ca. 1890s
 Wreck of the schooner Spray, on Waikanae Beach, 25 May 1895
 Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Monday, August 24, 2015

Vintage Norway

Recently found a treasure trove of historical photos of Norway. This first set is from here; the originals were all stereoscope photos. Update: the photographer was Nils Olsson Reppen.

 Balestrand, ca. 1898
 Binsete, Sogndalsdalen, 1900
 Bullock cart, Sogndal, ca. 1898-1900
 Elvabakken, Sogndal, ca. 1897-1908
 Farmstead, ca. 1888-1925
 Group portrait, ca. 1898-1905
Hygea Cafe, Balestrand, ca. 1890-1925
[you can tell this is a tourist spot because there is a sign in English]

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sydney Charles Smith

 Art class in front of a cage at Wellington Zoo, ca 1910
 Protest march against wage reductions, Lambton Quay, Wellington, 1930s
 Start of a swimming race at Te Aro Baths in Oriental Bay, Wellington, 1926
 Women and children at the beach, Lyall Bay, Wellington, 1925
Young women lined up for a sack race at the opening 
of the Hataitai Bowling Club, Wellington, 1912
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Leslie Jones

Sun bathers
 Swimmers Follies, University Club
 Swimming at Charles Bank, Charles River, Boston, ca. 1940
 Telling tales aboard the fishing schooner Shamrock 
on a hot Sunday in November at fish pier, 1927
 Unidentified women, possibly showgirls, 1940
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection