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Galveston Photography, 1860-1890

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Rosenberg Library proudly announces its newest exhibit: Galveston Photography, 1860-1890. An opening reception is scheduled on Saturday, September 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 4th floor Harris Gallery. Anne Peterson, Curator of Photographs at Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library, will give a guest lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Fox Room.

The exhibit will include the earliest known photographs of downtown Galveston which were taken by Sache & Potter Studio in 1861, just before the Civil War. Other images include the aftermath of a devastating hurricane that struck the island in October 1867 as well as damage from a downtown fire in 1877. One of the most striking images in the exhibit is a photograph of three men in a canoe resting above a frozen Galveston Bay after a winter storm in 1886.

Other interesting images are stereographs created by Galveston photographer P.H. Rose in the mid-1880s. Steregraphs are double images from slightly different perspectives which appear as a single, three-dimensional image when viewed with a stereoscope. Special viewing lenses will be available in the exhibit gallery so that these photos can be seen as originally intended by the photographer.

Central Wharf 1861

 

Central Wharf, 1861

The Aftermath of a Storm, 1867

 

The Aftermath of a Storm, 1867

Frozen Galveston Bay, 1886

 

Frozen Galveston Bay, 1886

Stereograph of the Galveston Cotton Exchange Interior

 

Stereograph of the Galveston Cotton Exchange Interior

Galveston Photography 1860-1890 is on display through December 31, 2018. The exhibit is located in the Harris Gallery on the library’s fourth floor and can be viewed Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the museum galleries is always free.

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