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Manuscript Group 196
HORACE M. ENGLE COLLECTION
1971-1973.
1 cu. ft.


Original glass plates and 149 prints prepared in 1971-1973 by Edward Leos, assistant professor of journalism, Pennsylvania State University, from Gray-Stirn negative plates, 1888, 1889, of Horace M. Engle (b. 1861, d. 1949). Born near Marietta, Pennsylvania, Engle was an inventor and master photographer. He was involved in mineral exploration, land and water power development, etc., at Roanoke, Virginia, in Ontario, Canada, and elsewhere; and served as an alternate delegate to the 1888 National Convention of the Prohibition party, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gray-Stirn plates, round glass plates, each 5 1/2" in diameter and each intended to carry six negative images, were made for use in the Gray-Stirn Concealed Vest camera, also called the Buttonhole Camera, one of a class known as "detective cameras" and one which enjoyed considerable popularity during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Engle's subjects include various friends and relatives; scenes in Gettysburg, Lancaster, and Marietta, Pennsylvania, including views of the Marietta flood, 1889; street scenes in Indianapolis, Indiana, including Memorial Day parade, 1888; and individuals and locations associated with the National Convention of the Prohibition Party, 1888. Included is Leos' "Report: Research on Horace M. Engle," 1972, 1 folder.




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