[Jupiter Camera, Nashville, TN]

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0031-Jupiter_Camera-c1885.jpg
Creation: 1866

Edward Emerson Barnard worked in John H. Van Stavoren's Nashville photography studio as a nine-year-old. He had to keep this solar camera, designed to make life-sized enlargements on silvered paper from negatives, directed on the sun to avoid setting fire to nearby buildings. This meant spending hours awake on the roof in all weather. The poor quality of the paper, which was difficult to obtain in Nashville during early Reconstruction, required the immense lens to produce an intense solar beam.

Title

[Jupiter Camera, Nashville, TN]

Date

Creation: 1866

Description

Edward Emerson Barnard worked in John H. Van Stavoren's Nashville photography studio as a nine-year-old. He had to keep this solar camera, designed to make life-sized enlargements on silvered paper from negatives, directed on the sun to avoid setting fire to nearby buildings. This meant spending hours awake on the roof in all weather. The poor quality of the paper, which was difficult to obtain in Nashville during early Reconstruction, required the immense lens to produce an intense solar beam.

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Black-and-white photographs

Source

MSS0031, Edward Emerson Barnard Papers, Photo Box

Files

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0031-Jupiter_Camera-c1885.jpg

Citation

“[Jupiter Camera, Nashville, TN],” Gallery, accessed November 19, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/793.