Monday, August 31, 2015

Stewart Collection

The Stewart Photographic Collection consists of black-and-white images from prints of glass plate negatives created by amateur photographers (and brothers) Robert Livingston Stewart and William Percy Stewart of Natchez, Mississippi, around 1890-1905. The photographs are primarily of the Natchez area and focus on the Stewart family and activities such as dedication ceremonies, winter storms, floods, steamboats and river scenes.

Robert Livingston Stewart (October 24, 1854-July 28, 1912) and William Percy Stewart (May 20, 1858-April 25, 1928) were sons of Natchez furniture dealer Robert Hill and Caroline Heermans Stewart, grandsons of Natchez cabinetmaker Robert and Susanna Marschalk Stewart, and great-grandsons of early Mississippi printer Andrew Marschalk. Robert Livingston Stewart worked as an accountant in New York and as a bookkeeper in Natchez. He never married, but around the time of his death he was living with his sister, Mary, and a sister-in-law, Chrissie (married to his brother, Rev. Walter Lee Stewart), in Natchez. He was described on page three of the July 30, 1912, Daily Democrat as "a man of quiet demeanor, always gentle and kind, speaking in low, well modulated tones...." William Percy Stewart's front-page obituary in the April 26, 1928, Natchez Democrat proclaimed William "a man of magnetic personality" who "was Senior Member of oldest Firm in Mississippi—Was Widely Known And Esteemed in This Section." He was a cadet at Jefferson Military College in Washington, Mississippi, and a member of the Natchez Rifles. He married Catherine Schwartz and operated the hardware firm Schwartz and Stewart in Natchez (one of the largest south of Memphis from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries) with his brother-in-law, John Edward Schwartz, leaving the business to his son, Robert Percy Stewart. William's daughters, Catherine and Margaret, appear in several of the photographs.

Bicyclists
  
Family on steps. Currently the home of Dr. Thom. Gandy, 
408 North Pearl Street, ca. 1895
  
Myrtle Bank terrace
  
Outdoor scene
  
 
R. H. Stewart store located in proximity of the Tillmans store. 505 Franklin St, ca. 1890

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Misc New Zealand

 Children in the playground at Khandallah Park, Wellington, ca 1927
  
 Department of Education buses at Piopio School, Waitomo district, 1924-25
  
 Historical pageant, Duke & Duchess of York's royal tour, 1927
  
 People watching an exhibition game at the opening of the 
tennis courts at Wellington East Girls College, 3 November 1926
  
Photograph of a group in costume, reconstructing 
a scene showing settlers landing at Petone, 1920
 
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vintage Mexico

These photos of Mexico were taken by William Henry Jackson. All date from 1880-1897.

 An idle crowd
[no degrading stereotypes here, no sir]
  
 Bathing in the hot springs acequia
  
 Ferry at Puente Real
  
 Groups about the sugar mill, Temasopa
  
Noonday bivouack, government troops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Northwood Brothers

Maori woman with a catch of fish, Northland Region, ca. 1910
 
Maori women working with fern roots
 
Men in a row-boat on Houhora Harbour, Northland region, 1930s
 
Nicholas Covich's gumfield and diggers, Ahipara Hill, Northland region, ca. 1930
 
Ranganui, Otamatea County, ca, 1930s
 
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hotel Ezra Cornell

From the Cornell University website, "Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) is an annual weekend-long educational conference, a 90-year tradition at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, put on by the students for hospitality industry leaders." The 90th Hotel Ezra Cornell took place in March of this year. Here are some photographic mementos from earlier ones.

 Hotel Ezra Cornell. Six newly-married couples 
standing near Willard Straight Hall, May 9, 1934
  
 Waiters' Derby, 13th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, 1938
  
 Twelve waitresses, with one mannikin, who will serve at 
13th annual opening of Hotel Ezra Cornell, May 13, 1938
  
 14th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, May 12, 1939
  
Waitresses' Derby, Hotel Admin, 1944

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

George Frederick Kaye

F K Gourlay, of 22 NZ Battalion, climbs into Bren carrier 
adapted for evacuating wounded in Rimini, Italy, 22 September 1944
  
French Moroccan troops combine native costume and 
modern fighting equipment in Italy, 24 March 1944
  
Italian women with rifles and captured German stick grenades 
at Massa Lombarda, Italy, during World War II, 13 April 1945
  
Three New Zealanders in the forward areas of the Italian Front, 11 April 1944
  
Traffic of the 2 New Zealand Division moving forward as the 
Germans retreat after the fall of Atina and Belmonte, Italy, 28 May 1944
 
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daniel Manders Beere

Man standing beside a cart and horses, Australia, ca. 1890s
  
 Men playing lawn bowls, St Kilda, Melbourne, ca 1890s
  
 Tennis match played at Hamilton, Kawhia versus Hamilton, 1885
  
 Unidentified group in bush setting, ca. 1890s
  
 Wreck of the schooner Spray, on Waikanae Beach, 25 May 1895
  
 Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand