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Manuscript Group 419
UNITED STATES VIEW COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHS
[ca. 1880-1900]
.5 cubic feet


The United States View Company was an itinerant photography company based in Richfield, Juniata County. It was formed by Henry and Newton Graybill and Ellsworth Garman around 1890 and disbanded in 1901. Company photographers traveled throughout the eastern part of the United States and especially Pennsylvania offering to produce views of interesting sites for a fee. Their most common views were of families in front of their homes.

There are sixty-four photographic prints, mostly 7 1/2 x 9 1/2, fixed on decorative card mounts. Nearly all are unidentified family groups posed in front of vintage houses or rural farmsteads, although school groups are also present. Most have a company negative number on the reverse. Only a few identify family and location, and these are of rural hamlets in Bedford and Somerset Counties.

Other U.S. View Company photographs can be found among the collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia.





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