Vintage 1910s Most Interesting Photographer Award Goes To.

$950.00

W.D. Pratt was born in 1870, in the town of Brownsville Pennsylvania, an early glass center and shipping port outside of Pittsburgh. It is said that he was too sickly a child to attend school before the age of eleven, which may have helped to shape his insatiable need to learn. Pratt was an influential teacher (a school his namesake now)...

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W.D. Pratt was born in 1870, in the town of Brownsville Pennsylvania, an early glass center and shipping port outside of Pittsburgh. It is said that he was too sickly a child to attend school before the age of eleven, which may have helped to shape his insatiable need to learn. Pratt was an influential teacher (a school his namesake now) for decades as he became a respected photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. His articles, small innovations and advertisement can be found in early journals all over the internet.

 

Years ago, I was fortunate enough to purchase much of his studio. These three prized pieces a tribute to the end of curiosity and ingenuity that we now associate with the opening decades of the twentieth century, a literal snapshot of one incredibly agile mind.

 

1. Studio Opening Announcement w/ Portrait of the Photographer. Heavy card stock measures 3.25 x 5.5”, solid condition with toning and water spots.

2. Motorcycle Shop for Indian & Henderson Motorcycles. Advertises EVERYTHING. We Repair Motorcycles and do it right. Indian Oil - Black Jack Gasoline. Heavy card stock in very nice condition, measures 2.5 x 4.25”. Novelty work poem in German dialect printed on reverse.

3. Six Fingered Child’s Hand, Silver Gelatin Photo. Strikingly beautiful, make shift medical art study. Most likely an afflicted townsperson, the intent of the photograph unknown. Measures 2.75 x 3.75”, very nice condition with gelatin glare at edges and minimal foxing.