Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jackson's Spectregraph Photos

Bradford D. Jackson, 103 Monroe St., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Portrait of Frances Orpha Magher at the age of 5-6
Cabinet Card, ca. 1895
"JACKSON'S Spectregraph Photos.
The Most Attractive Style of Portrait ever introduced.
Five different pictures without changing the position.
All made at one sitting."
Collection Heinz-Werner Lawo

B.D. Jackson (ca.1850-1937) was born in Sullivan, Ohio; the "B" stood for Bradford, and the "D" came from his nickname Dan. He began his career as a portrait photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1901, in search of a better climate, he moved to Pomona, California where he purchased a portrait studio. In addition to portrait work, he began photographing the surrounding towns and the mountains and beaches of Southern California. Jackson lived and worked at various times in Pomona, Los Angeles,Pasadena, Hollywood, La Canada, Glendora, La Crescenta, and Glendale, all of which figure in his work. Eventually he gave up the portrait aspect of the business and concentrated on landscape views for the production of stereographs and postcards.
The B. D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs ist archived at the the Huntington Library.

B. D. Jackson used the portrait of Frances O. Magher for advertisement. He printed a rasterized photo on a note which he glued onto the back of other cabinet card portraits he made. The ad says: “Five different Pictures all taken at one time without changing the position”.

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