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Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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FORREST HOLZAPFEL HOLDS a vintage 8x10 camera during his town photographers presentation at the Vermont Folklife Center last week. Independent photo/George Altshuler

MIDDLEBURY — No one knows exactly how town photography began. In the late 1890s, people began ordering large 8” by 10” cameras from the Sears Roebuck mail order catalogue for about $40 (about 10 times the weekly wage of a cobbler). A few entrepreneurial photographers — whose identities are now unknown — began charging for photographs of families posing in front of their homes with the new cameras.

The photographers also made postcards that were mailed around the country.

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