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Rehkop/Peterson Collection of Glass Plate Negatives

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:01 am    Post subject: Rehkop/Peterson Collection of Glass Plate Negatives Reply with quote

A large collection of glass plate negatives from the Algert T. Peterson and Leonard D. Rehkop photographic studios in Higginsville and Concordia, MO had been preserved and were donated to the State Historical Society of Missouri, where they were microfilmed and archived (collection C3888). The following description was extracted from an on-line posting about the collection.

The collection consists of studio portraits of groups, families, and individuals; and scenes of the Higginsville and Concordia areas in western Missouri. The negatives date from the 1860s to the 1930s. The majority of the negatives dates from the 1900s and 1910s. The pre-1909 negatives were taken by earlier photographers in Higginsville, two of whom were R.A. Wells and ------ Peters. Post-1927 negatives were taken by Leonard D. Rehkop.

Each negative has been assigned an identifier (WHMC No.) consisting of a letter which indicates the size of the negative (A=14x17, B=10x12, C=8x10, D=6x8, E=5x8 and 5x7, and F=3x5) and a number, which indicates a particular negative's location among negatives of the same size (e.g. B0203 is the 203rd negative of the 10x12 negatives). The number is located on the lower right-hand corner of each negative.

As noted in an earlier posting (Early Photographs and Photographers), the condition of the microfilmed copies varies widely. While many of them are relatively good, a number of them have them have serious problems that make them unusable. Some of the plates were broken or had delaminated. Another annoying problem is that many of the images had fingerprints or smudges on them that appear to be the residue of the retouching process used on a glass plate.

Most of the collection has been posted on-line at the Flickr website, where they were organized into a set of albums to facilitate searching through the set. Although some of the photos in poor condition were retained, those that were totally unrecognizable were omitted. Other photos that were considered to be inappropriate were also omitted. (This includes views of coffins, dead bodies, and funeral flower arrangements. During that period of time, it was popular to take such photos.) Other than adjust the black level of some photos that were seriously over-exposed, no attempt was made to improve the quality of these copies. If you download any of them, you may be able to enhance the quality with a good photo-editing program.

Locating photos

The ‘Photo’ page of this website includes a separate page describing how to search for and locate a particular photo in this collection. Identifying the people or subjects in the photos is a monumental task. While it was possible to read the labels on the rear top edge of some photos, the labeling was either illegible or missing on most of them. If you recognize some of the people or views, feel free to add a comment on the individual photo page or send me a message to add information about the photo.
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