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    Coney Island Panorama. Brooklyn, 1907

    This is a splendid panorama of Coney Island taken in 1907.



    Phosphate mining in South Carolina. South Carolina, c. 1867

    This huge 11 x 15 in. print documents the early mining of phosphate for fertilizer, a key postwar Southern industry. Dozens of black men dig phosphate from the ground around the Ashley River and load it into horse-drawn carts on rails. A white man leaning against a cart in the foreground looks directly at the camera. Most of the men are barefoot. The Ashley River is visible in the background.



    FDR Funeral 1945. [Published in LIFE], taken in 1945, printed later

    Signed and inscribed by the photographer: “FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life.” Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta.



    The Pencil of Nature. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1844-1846

    The Pencil of Nature is a landmark in the history of photography, “an epoch-making publication, both technically and aesthetically” (Brunet). The work is “the first commercially published book illustrated with photographs–a milestone in the art of the book greater than any since Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type” (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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    Animal Locomotion: An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1887

    First edition of the horses of Animal Locomotion. This is a rare complete set of the horse photographs of Muybridge’s masterpiece, a landmark in the history of art and technology. It was Muybridge’s photographs of horses in motion that brought Muybridge international renown.

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    An important collection of 40 mammoth-plate photographs of the American West, created for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Watkins, c. 1863-74.

    Carleton Watkins exhibited these very photographs at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the first world’s fair in America.  Watkins is the greatest of the first generation of photographers of the American West. His early photographs of Yosemite and Utah have never been surpassed. When his work was exhibited back East, the New York Times declared, “As specimens of the photographic art they are unequaled. The views are … indescribably unique and beautiful. Nothing in the way of landscapes can be more impressive.”

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