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The photography of Hugh L. Mangum


I recently saw a collection of photographs taken by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum. He traveled along the eastern seaboard in the late 1800's and early 1900's. A series of the images he took would be developed on a large glass plate. He photographed a wide variety of people, both black and white, old and young, and occasionally he would photograph family pets.Upon his death, plates were stacked and stored in a barn. Many years later they were re-discovered and given to the manuscript department at Duke University. They are now preserved as part of a digital collection.

Because these plates were stacked atop each other and stored in an often hot and humid Durham, North Carolina barn, many of the images bled into each other, creating some interesting double exposure images. To learn more about Hugh Mangum, click here and here.










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20 comments:

  1. How fascinating! Thanks for sharing the links.
    Maggie

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  2. You might call that "Accidental Art"? Thanks for the link today Sue.

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  3. Interesting artworks.
    Thanks for hosting, kind Sue, and have a great week!

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  4. And these days we have the capability to make photos look vintage, but the real ones are fabulous!
    Thank you for hosting!

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  5. The women wrapped in newspapers may have some hidden meaning. Such a besutiful and intriguing collection!

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  6. Interesting old Photograph. Especially the effects. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a good week.

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  7. Interrsting photos--the double exposures look very ghostly

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  8. Thank you for another lovely party.
    Amalia
    xo

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  9. Those vintage photos are priceless treasures. Happy day!

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  10. Those double images are a little spooky.

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  11. Wow! That is so interesting! Photography is a great art form. It's kind of sad the state that his were left in, but it's cool to see how they changed into more creative art. Thanks for sharing and hosting!

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  12. Very interesting. Love the vintage images. Thanks for sharing this. Very nice.

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  13. Hi! Very interesting photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wow, this is so fascinating! I will go read about Hugh Magnum now. Thank you for hosting, Sue! :)

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  15. It is so fascinating!
    Thank you for hosting.

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  16. Wow, so interesting! They look like artistic collages.

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  17. Thanks for sharing. Interesting to read about him.

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