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African American man wrestling an alligator at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm
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Image by State Library and Archives of Florida
Local call number: C681845

Title: African American man wrestling an alligator at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Date: mid 1900s

Physical descrip: 1 photoprint - b&w - 4 x 5 in.

Series Title: Department of Commerce collection

Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700. Archives@dos.state.fl.us

Persistent URL: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/87715

Visit Florida Memory to find resources for Black History Month and to learn about the contributions of African-Americans in Florida history.

American Optical 4x5 dry plate, 1884
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Image by national museum of american history
Made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of New York, this wooden bellows view camera for use on a stand or field tripod was fitted with newly marketed dry-plate glass negatives.

The Earliest Cameras

The earliest cameras were wooden boxes with simple, slow lenses. They needed long exposure times ranging from two to ten minutes or more. Photographers struggled with these long exposures and complicated developing methods.

Portraits usually required the subject to be seated and steadied with a headrest. Landscape and outdoor photographers had to haul small, portable, traveling darkrooms for developing and printing of images outside the studio.

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This camera is part of the "Cameras Before Digital" display at the National Museum of American History.

American Flag in Times Square
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Image by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
American Flag at the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square

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