I know I said I don’t collect Stereoviews (and I really don’t, except that one series) but this one came along with the Native American portrait of yesterday’s post, and it was sufficiently cute I thought it worth keeping and posting. It’s copyright 1897, by Strohmeyer & Wyman, distributed by Underwood & Underwood. I’d not heard of Strohmeyer and Wyman before, but Underwood & Underwood were a HUGE publisher of stereoviews.
Although it may be a little hard to see (the original card is somewhat faded, especially in the highlights) the little girl in the upper right has cupid wings and a bow-and-arrow.
After my recent find of that tintype showing two men holding hands, I thought I’d pull together a series of same-sex affection pictures. Turns out I have fewer than I thought. Thus the title, in part, and in part for the fact that the photos are more rare than you’d think on the one hand, and not as rare as you’d think on the other. In an era where same-sex attraction was only beginning to be named and understood as anything other than a moral failing to be treated as a crime, it would seem reasonable to assume images of affection between two people of the same sex would be virtually non-existent. Because, however, there was no concept of a homosexual person, the idea that expressions of affection between two people of the same sex would mean something other than friendship would have been alien and never enter into the mind of the average Victorian. And in an era where physical expressions of affection between the genders, in public anyway, would have been profoundly frowned upon even for a married couple, it is not surprising that there are few images of an affection that would not have been considered unmanly.
I’ve found some more photographers to add to the map of New York. Again, you’ve got to love some of these self-descriptions of their businesses. Also interesting is the case of C.D. Fredericks, who ran studios in New York, Paris and Havana. Makes you wonder how he managed three studios in such far-flung cities at a time where steam-powered trans-atlantic crossings were just coming in to being, there was no telephone, and the airplane was still an opium-smoker’s dream.
I’ve reorganized the list in geographic order, with the assorted Lower Manhattan addresses first, then the ascent of Broadway, followed by the odds and outliers, including one in Brooklyn.
DATES OF OPERATION
152 Chatham Street *
164 Chatham Street *
#2 New Chambers Street, corner of Chatham *
E. Houston & Essex Streets
Bailey’s Photograph Gallery
371 Canal Street
O.O. Roorbach, Publisher of Dramatic Photographs
122 Nassau Street
643 Bleeker Street
Jaquith, Daguerrian Parlor
S.A. Holmes, Daguerreotype Studio
Josiah Thompson, Daguerreotypist
J. Gurney & Sons, Daguerreotype Studio
unknown – early
E. Anthony, Publisher, Brady’s National Portrait Gallery
W.C. Wemyss, Dealer in Photographs, Books, &c.
C.D. Fredericks & Co 587 Broadway, New York 31 Passage du Havre, Paris 108 Calle de la Habana, Havana
Anson’s Daguerreotype Gallery
unknown – 1850s
Chas. K. Bill
J. Gurney & Sons
unknown – mid
T.J. Maujer, Passepartout & Carved Walnut frame manufacturer, Dealer in Photographs, Artist’s Materials, &c.
953 Broadway & 183 5th Avenue
J. Gurney & Sons
5th Avenue & 16th Street
unknown – late
Loud’s Celebrated Album Cards
145 8th Avenue
379 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
* addresses no longer exist. New Chambers Street & Chatham Street are now approximately where New York City Civic Center and Police Headquarters are now located.