1888 Family Photos

Standing Rock Reserve 1888

I’ve been researching my family history with a particular interest in the photographs taken by family members. Some that particularly interest me are by Lyman N Cary. (He was married to my grandfather’s sister.)

In 1888, Cary used nitrate negatives and a Kodak Camera #1 and took photographs of Mandan, North Dakota. The negatives were among our  family collection. So far, we don’t know who is the subject of the photographs. When  Toronto photographer Marco Buonocore realized they were nitrate and explosive, he stored them in a freezer and then under careful conditions,  printed the photographs using fiber based silver gelatine paper. They look fantastic.