Charlie Diller. Horton, Albany, NY. CDV. Album 2. Page 19.Continue Reading... No Comments.
William H. Johnson. CDV. Album 2. Page 17. After Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Dougalss, and John Brown, William H. Johnson is the best remembered of the public figures included in the Chapman albums. At the same time, he is probably the most important of public figures in the life of Arabella, her family, and her community. Why? […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Clarence Miller. McDonald & Sterry, Albany, NY. CDV. Album 2. Page 14. We know little about the early life of Clarence Blake Miller. By 1883, he was a young man reported by the New York Globe as having “returned to the city to accept a political position.” The Globe and the New York Freeman occasionally chronicled […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Charles & Mary Chapman. Tintype. Charles Chapman was Arabella’s youngest brother. He is photographed here with his wife Mary. The caption reads “Mary Chapman + Charlie.” By the 1880 census, 15 year old Charles Chapman was a waiter in a hotel, like his father who was head waiter at Albany’s Delavan Hotel. The records of the Albany […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Arabella Chapman, John R. Chapman, John T. Chapman. Tintype. Album 2. Page 9. This studio portrait features (l. to r.) Arabella Chapman, her father John R. Chapman, and her brother John T. Chapman Jr. This examples illustrates how the album changed hands over time, likely being passed down from Arabella to her daughter Alfarata. Note […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Reverend Deaton Dorrell enjoys pride of place in this album. His is the very first image we encounter. Dorrell was a minister in Albany’s AME Church and according to one church history he was “beloved by all.” (Cyclopedia of African Methodism, 53.) Dorrell took over the Chapman family’s congregation in 1880. Dorrell had been […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Man with silk tie. Tintype. Album 1. Page 57.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Man with books. CDV. Album 1. Page 56. Look closely at the image just to the right of this subject’s ankles. There you can see the base of a posing stand. The stand likely ran up to his head and was topped with a clamp, all to help the subject remain still during the relatively long […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Man with beard. Thomas Heney, NYC. CDV. Album 1. Page 55.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Man with goatee. CDV. Album 1. Page 52.Continue Reading... No Comments.