Photographs from the past, people, places and things.
This antique photo album came from the Kenneth and Quadine Searles family. Kenneth, pictured left, grew up in the Watkins Glenn area in New York. Some of these photos came from Schuyler County, New York.
Photographs from the Beebe, Perleberg, Quade, Zilles and Searles families.
Ken Searles who took these photos of his and his wife Quadine’s apartment on Milwaukee’s East Side in 1942, used a twin-lens reflex camera using 120 film for much of his early photography. In using the camera he had to hold it at waist level and look down through the top of the camera through the […]
Photographs from Kenneth and Quadine Searles first apartment when they were first married. The third-floor walkup was located at 1320 N. Van Buren St. The twin-lens reflex camera photos were taken in 1942 when fold-down beds were concealed inside living room walls and ice boxes really containd blocks of ice that had to be replaced regularly. Furnishings […]
This is a theater program for Easter Sunday, April 7, 1912, written in Czeck, produced by Milwaukee artist, photographer and entrepreneur Joseph Brown.
Many Studio photos taken in the late 1800s used glass plate negatives. I was “volunteered” to make the glass plates in a dark room, from a pharmacist’s view not that complicated. I floated a collodion solution over the glass plate. That got hung to dry. From there (still in the dark room) the glass plate […]
Long before Polaroid made it possible to capture that special moment and wait expectantly through the development process, Americans enjoyed the tintype. The tintype allowed many a young girl to preserve her sunny afternoon likeness on a small plate that a poor young soldier might clutch on a muddy battlefield. Many an immigrant patriarch posed […]