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Carl Mautz Publishing
About the Author
Janice G. Schimmelman has been a scholar of American art for over 20 years. Her work on American art bibliography has been published by the American Antiquarian Society and the Winterthur Portfolio. She presented material on the tintype at PhotoHistory XI, held in 2000 at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and she has been a member of the Daguerreian Society since 1991. She is currently a professor of Art History at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and is also a collector of tintypes, glass stereoviews, and daguerreotypes.
Between 1840-1880, a rich pioneering and inventive spirit characterized the art of photography. The number of photographic patents issued by the United States Patent Office during this period paralleled the growing fascination with the new medium.
American Photographic Patents lists 810 invention and 22 design patents pertaining to a wide range of photographic processes, equipment and methodology, and includes many illustrious names in the history of photography including Langenheim, Southworth & Hawes, Talbot, Whipple, Beckers, Anthony, Mascher, Cutting, Wing, Anson, Dallmeyer, Sarony, Eastman, and Muybridge.
The list is in numerical order and includes the patent number, patent title, the name of the inventor and his or her residence, and the date the patent was issued. Each patent has been checked at the U.S. Government, Great Lakes Patent and Trademark Center of the Detroit Public Library to determine its relevance to photography. A brief introduction including bibliographic sources, accompanies the list. Forty one patents are described and illustrated. The whole is fully indexed.
This book will be of great value and interest to scholars, researchers and collectors of early photographic images or cameras, and those interested in the history of photography. It should also be of general interest to scholars and students of the history of patents.