Langenheim Brothers Stereograph Collection, PP6

Finding Aid to the Langenheim Brothers Stereograph Collection, PP6

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

Collection summary

Title

Langenheim Brothers Stereograph Collection

Creator

Langenheim Brothers

Call number

PP6

Inclusive dates

1854-1856; ca 1850s

Extent

1 box

Abstract

This collection consists of 13 glass stereographs created by Langenheim Brothers, a Philadelphia based Photography Company.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page

Provenance

Unknown; possibly related to Acc# 52404

Processing note

Processed by Damon Talbot, August 2014

Biographical Note

Brothers William and Frederick Langenheim became two of the first successful commercial photographers in America. Both were born in Germany--in 1807 and 1809, respectively--and immigrated to the United States as young men. By the early 1840s, Frederick and his brother had opened a portrait studio in Philadelphia at the Mercantile Exchange. Many prominent Americans, including President John Tyler, sat for them. Frederick operated the camera and produced photographs; William worked as business manager. 

The brothers initially practiced the daguerreotype process but were induced to purchase the rights to use William Henry Fox Talbot's calotype process. They not only ran a successful portrait studio but also helped pioneer several photographic advancements in the United States: the use of glass negatives and positives to make prints and projections, and the calotype process to make stereo images. They were the first photographers to travel around the United States making and selling popular tourist views. After William's death in 1874, Frederick sold the business. He died five years later. 

Source: J.Paul Getty Musuem: Langenheim Brothers

Scope and Content

The Langenheim Brothers Photograph Collection consists of 1 box of 13 glass stereographs. The photographs depict non-Maryland sites including the Catskills Mountains and Niagara Falls in New York, the Wire Bridge in Fairmount Pennsylvania, and Windsor Castle in England. There are also a few unidentified images.

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Container List

Description

Date

Image ID

Catskill Mountains, Hudson River, New York

1856

PP6.1

Bronze statue, Boston, Massachusetts

ca 1850s

PP6.2

Trevorton Coal & R.R. Co's Works at Trevorton and Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania

1854

PP6.3

Terrapin Tower, Niagara Falls, New York

1854

PP6.4

Men at riverbank, Niagara

ca 1850s

PP6.5

The Wire Bridge at Fairmount, Pennsylvania

ca 1850s

PP6.6

The Three Graces, by Canova (statue)

1854

PP6.7

Windsor Castle, England (glass  separated)

ca 1850s

PP6.8

Unidentified building

ca 1850s

PP6.9

Unidentified building

ca 1850s

PP6.10

Greenhouse

ca 1850s

PP6.11

Rock formation

ca 1850s

PP6.12

Unidentified bust of a woman

ca 1850s

PP6.13

Games