|Lens on the Texas Frontier by Lawrence T. Jones III and Rug # 228 by Fred Black|
Preceeding the list of formerly unlisted photographers (those not included in three previous sources featuring Texas photographers), and the appendix of Carte de Visite photographic imprints (the photographers identifying marks or trademarks on the reverse of the cards, some of which were quite elaborate), there is a wonderful chapter titled "On Collectors and Collecting."
In Jones' words:
"As one becomes more experienced as a collector, one should keep in mind that there always will be something fresh and new coming in your direction. How many times have I heard another collector make the statement 'There is no end to it?' Yet, truer words were never spoken when it comes to collecting antiquities of any kind, including vintage photography.
It would be a terrible mistake for a fledgling collector to look at this book and think that all of the great vintage Texas photographs have been collected. Nothing could be further from the truth. Real Texas photographic treasures remain to be found, and the best of them come directly from families whose members still possess the precious daguerreotypes and ambrotypes of their ancestors."
Thanks to Larry and Lens on the Frontier, I now know that my husband and I are in possession of a great number of Carte de Visite family photographs. My hope is that with the publication of this book and research done through the collection at the DeGolyer Libary, some of the photographs (the subjects and photographers of which are not identified) will now be identified by a new generation of family members or collectors and historians.
until next Monday,
a passion for the image