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    Posted 4 years ago

    scottvez
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    This is a RARE 1865 view depicting early Wheeling, West Virginia photographer John Brown in a studio shot with his cameras.

    Image is an early thin mount stereoview and was photographed by William Myles, also of Wheeling. I purchased this with several other Myles stereoviews. Most of the images with the same backdrop are marked with period ink or pencil notations of Myles. A few also carry the 1865 date.

    This example has the name of the subject-- "John Brown, artists". Artist was a common 19th century reference to photographers.

    ANY HELP with an identification of the cameras is greatly appreciated.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized-- don't copy!

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    Comments

    1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks pw, fort and scott
    2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking spirit, vo, vetriao and brunswick.

      scott
    3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks lisamarie, gatekeeper, td and bobby.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking purvis and official.

      scott
    5. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Excellent image ... you knew I would comment at some point. Camera farthest from photographer is a wet plate of some form. Lens is an American made petzval in a radial drive configuration. Difficult to see the camera details. The nearest camera is an 1950s Lewis-style dag that is basically the same as one I have posted on CW: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/9985-palmer-and-longking-daguerreotype-camera?in=166-activity. It too has a petzval lens.
    6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks rob-- appreciate you looking and commenting. The camera information/ link to similar camera is great.

      scott
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      I think Rob meant 1850's ("The nearest camera is an 1950s Lewis-style dag that is basically the same as one I have posted on CW:").
      Great information Rob and link to your post.

    8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Yep-- that is correct pw.

      scott
    9. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Yeah ... meant 1850s ... that's what happens when typing on a cell phone. And ... here's a link to my CW post about petzval lenses: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/198737-sectioned-petzval-portrait-formula-lens
    10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking gargoyle.

      scott
    11. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Wow! This is wonderful!
    12. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks much lens-- appreciate you taking the time to look and comment.

      scott
    13. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      fabilus as i began to take a closer look
      love tone presentation documented history plus purple cloth & the ethereal sculpture in background
      you certainly lighted my way my day up scottv my jolly good friend
      all the very best malkey
    14. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks malkey-- appreciate your observations!

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks for looking stuff.

      scott
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
    17. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks 33rpm and gate!

      scott
    18. rdjfl6, 3 years ago
      I can confirm he was a Photographer as I have a CDV of a Union Civil War Officer from his studio. The bottom of the card is labeled "John Brown, Wheeling, West Va"
    19. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks rdjfl6-- I had several of his cdv examples as well.

      scott

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