|Other: Bert Underwood |
Other: Elmer Underwood
|Active: ||England / Canada / US|
Company specializing in stereograph cards.
|Stereographs project |
New York, NY, US
London, England, UK
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa, KS, US
[8-1] *[Elmer & Bert Underwood] "Publisher". Founded in 80, selling views door to door; opened office in Baltimore, 87; next branch in Liverpool, England; moved Balto. office to NYC
in 91 as home office, & other branches estab.
Bert learned photog. from M. Abel, Menton,
France, 91; employed photogs, 97; purchased
factory from Henry E. Richmond, Bennington, VT,
01 which made stereoscopes; purchased factory
from Strohmyer & Wyman, Arlington, NJ which
produced both stereoscopes and views; contracted
with Geo. Barker, J.W. Jarvis & Littleton View
Co. to make views on demand from negs. provided.
Eventually held the largest file on photog.
negs. in the world; ceased making stereo views
10, selling negs. to Keystone View Co.; retired
& co. reorganized in 31, into 4 independent Cos.
Pioneered the concept of "Boxed Sets" of related
views. Issued many dozens of series & sets:
"The South African War through the Stereoscope",
"Russia Through the Stereoscope", "The
Pilgrimage to St. Peter's & the Vatican",
photog. by Bert, views of Pope Pius X.; many
views of Italy, Greece, the Holylands & Eygpt
were photog. by Bert; Grand Canyon, Hopi Mesas,
Navajo Reservation, President McKinley's visit
to Phoenix and Congress Mine in 01, Indians,
towns, famous people, mine and cave interiors,
ceremonies, etc.; World's Columbian Expo., 93 by
Jarvis and Strohmeyer & Wyman; Martinique
disaster, 02; Galveston Disaster 9/8/00; bought
negs. by C. Bierstadt, Kilburn Bros., & others; by 01, were pub. 25,000 views a day. Most views
on standard gray curved mts., very rarely on
black CMs, these apparently personal or special
images. Elmer B. IL 59, D. FL 47; Bert B. IL
62, D. AZ 43.
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
|Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.|
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