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Frederic E. Ives
Vegetable Hodgepodge for Burpee Seed Co.
Colour photograph, Ives Color Processes, Inc.
22.5 cm x 30.5 cm; 8 7/8 in x 12 in
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Id number: PG*4680, Accession number: 187952, Catalog number: 4680
Curatorial description (Accessed: 18 April 2016)
Frederick Eugene Ives (1856–1937) was a brilliant man interested in patenting his ideas (the first in 1881), but not so much in licensing them. Ives's first three-color single exposure camera was patented in 1899. Over the next thirty years, Ives patented a variety of cameras and printing processes for color photography. After the Smithsonian hosted a show of Ives's photography company's work in late 1949 or early 1950, Associate Curator Alexander Wedderburn selected five prints for the color photography portion of the Photographic History Collection. This photograph represents the culmination of Ives's long series of patents and work with color photography.