Item #7728 Descriptive Catalogue of Tipton’s Photographic Views. Gettysburg Battle-Field, Monuments, Groups &c. W. H. Tipton.
Descriptive Catalogue of Tipton’s Photographic Views. Gettysburg Battle-Field, Monuments, Groups &c.
Descriptive Catalogue of Tipton’s Photographic Views. Gettysburg Battle-Field, Monuments, Groups &c.
Descriptive Catalogue of Tipton’s Photographic Views. Gettysburg Battle-Field, Monuments, Groups &c.
Descriptive Catalogue of Tipton’s Photographic Views. Gettysburg Battle-Field, Monuments, Groups &c.

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Descriptive Catalogue of Tipton’s Photographic Views. Gettysburg Battle-Field, Monuments, Groups &c.

Gettysburg: Photographed and Published by W. H. Tipton, [ca. 1888]. 24mo (5.75” x 4”), printed tan wrappers. [1], 76, [2] pp. CONDITION: Very good, some wear to upper wrapper.

This catalog lists the views, subjects, and variety of photographic formats available from William Henry Tipton’s large Gettysburg studio. Tipton identified himself as “The Battle-Field Photograher,” and in his opening note “To the Public” he states that he has over five thousand negatives of the Gettysburg battlefield alone, “and additions are made every day.” An article reprinted from the Littlestown Independent on the lower wrapper describes his vast operation, with its salesroom, shipping department, magic lantern slide production, and more. “Mr. Tipton is paying Uncle Sam more for postage than any other man or firm in the county. His work is not only sent into every State in the Union and Canada, but he makes frequent shipments to England, Russia, Australia, India and other points in the world.”

William Henry Tipton (1850–1929) was born in Gettysburg, and began apprenticing to photographer brothers Isaac and Charles Tyson at the age of twelve. Although the Tysons closed shop during the Battle of Gettysburg, “According to Tipton’s obituary, Tipton assisted Mathew Brady, the famous Civil War Photographer, in photographing scenes of the battlefield in the days following” (“William Tipton”). In 1866 Tipton and a partner, Robert Myers, purchased the Tyson studio, and in 1880 Tipton went into business on his own, as the W. H. Tipton Company. He photographed views of the battlefield, war monuments, and the surrounding town, and made portraits of tourists and veterans. He also served on the Gettysburg town council and was active in the Republican Party, serving a term as a state representative. He championed several controversial efforts to promote Gettysburg tourism and commercialize memorialization of the battlefield.

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