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Lot 816: 1860s TWO A.E. Alden [Stereoview] Photography Studio Advertising Saratoga Springs, New York SCARCE

Est: $150 - $200
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Regency Antique Books

August 13, 2022, 10:00 AM MST
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Two extremely scarce 1860s stereoview photos of A.E. Aldens photography studio and horsedrawn cart with advertising on sides; it appears that Aldens is pictured standing to the right side of the cart in one of the photos. In the first stereoview, banners advertising "Alden's Patent Picture's 6 sizes Photographs Ferrotypes are visible.

"Augustus Ephraim Alden was born to Rev. John Alden and Anna Marie (or Maria) Chamberlain Alden on February 22, 1837 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. As his surname and birthplace suggest, he was a direct descendent of Pilgrims John and Priscilla Mullins Alden. His early childhood was spent in Shelburne Falls, where his father served for several years as the principal of Franklin Academy. At the age of 13, he lived with his parents, brother, and maternal grandmother in Westfield. Mr. Alden attended Middleborough's Peirce Academy in 1855, where he studied languages, and four years later married Ella Blake of Chicopee Falls. The couple had four children – daughters Mattie and Lillie and sons John and Edward.

By 1860, Mr. Alden was supporting his family as an artist and began dabbling in photography while living in his wife's hometown of Chicopee. When registering for the Civil War draft in 1863, he listed himself as an artist who worked in Northampton, where his parents lived at the time. It is believed he moved his family to Providence, Rhode Island the following year, where he opened the Arcade Gallery photographic studio. During this period, he also became a licensed photographer in Troy, New York. Ultimately, he obtained the exclusive patent rights for photographing Troy and the surrounding area, with a gallery located at the corner of Grand Division and Fourth Streets. He also operated a studio in the neighboring enclave of Saratoga Springs. Mr. Alden's specialty was portrait cartes des visite, and he also dabbled in the photo-crayon portrait technique developed by Napoleon Sarony. His illustrious lineage allowed Mr. Alden to photograph some of the most important people of the time, including President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and legendary New England poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. However, derived equal pleasure from photographing everyday townspeople as evidenced by his charming tintype of a little girl and her cherished doll. For the Aldens, photography was very much a family business with Mattie and Lillie assisting their father in the studio and Edward Alden becoming a successful photographer in his own right. Mr. Alden opened another Massachusetts studio in Springfield with his younger brother Adonirum Judson Alden at 310 Main Street before moving the operation to Boston. By 1900, Mr. Alden, who was by now a widower, and his son Edward were living and working in Boston municipality of Hyde Park."

Saratoga Springs wrote to the back of the second Stereoview.

Extremely scarce.
 

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