Samuel W. Bridgham Group of Four Images of Civic Parade in NYC from Centennial of Washington's Inauguration
Medium Albumen print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1889 Print Date 1889
Dimensions 6 x 8-1/4 in. (152 x 210 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Mounted on oversized cabinet card-like stock. Photographer's name is blindstamped in to images. Identification labels in old ink on verso of each mount, including the names of the various floats, etc. Note on each that they were "Photographed from 24 Waverley Place by Samuel L. Bridgham.
Bridgham held various officer positions in the New York Camera Club, including president, and was on a number of the club's exhibition committees, as well as exhibiting his own photographs there. The New York Camera Club is the oldest such camera club in the U.S. Alfred Steiglitz was a member and the editor of the organization's publication, Camera Notes.
Bridgham was active in the photography salons of the period and was often published in various photography publications, including the American Annual of Photography (1893 and 1907).
He was also elected a resident member of the New York Academy of Sciences. The 1895 Popular Astronomy noted that "some very perfect photographs of lightning were shown by Mr. Samuel Bridgham" at the New York Academy of Sciences Second Annual Reception and Exhibit of Recent Progress in Science. Bridgham apparently also traveled out West in the 1890s and photographed scenic areas, such as the Grand Tetons.
Some of Bridgham's work is held in the collection of the New York Public Library.