James Ellery Hale Geneva, NY photographer 1882-1920. He took photo of many suffragists including Susan B. Anthony. He also took the First Lady Francis Folsom Cleveland. In June 1885, shortly before her graduation from Wells College in Aurora, NY, Miss Francis Folsom, fiancée to President Grover Cleveland, scheduled an appointment to have her portrait taken by Hale. After she became First Lady of the United States, Hale wrote to her asking for permission to use her photo for sale and marketing purposes. Mr. Hale I give my full permission and sanction to your selling any pictures you may desire. I will trust to your giving only the best ones. Your pictures are by far the best I have ever had taken. Someday I hope you can try again for me. Very Truly, Frances Folsom Cleveland, June 14, 1886. He was an accomplished photographer winning many awards. The platinum / palladium process was invented in the first half of the 19th century but a reliable commercial process was not introduced until the 1880s. It was popular for practical reasons as platinum is very stable so prints do not deteriorate over time. It is a very permanent image, and was highly valued for this reason. The main attraction of platinotype is, however, aesthetic. The process produces wonderfully rich grey-tones and a matte finish due to the print being laid directly on paper without the need for an emulsion. Those characteristics are demonstrated in this wonderful photograph. Please ask specific questions on details, condition, and shipping prior to bidding, ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS, and the bidder will be responsible for payment. We box and ship what we can to keep costs low, and use USPS and UPS. Large items, extremely fragile, and high value items will be packed by UPS. Quotes available on request
4" x 6"
Good Restored Condition