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Title "No. 17. Group at East Side of Office."
Place Mount Lebanon, New York
Catalog Number noc004026
Accession number 1950.4026.1
Object Name Stereograph
Description This group comprised of nine Shaker Sisters, seven Shaker Brothers, and two boys, is posed at the eastern door of the Church Family Office at Mount Lebanon, New York. Although this stereograph was offered by Alden, Photo. Co. in Providence, Rhode Island, the image is the same as that sold by A. J. Alden in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1879. From the Berkshire County Eagle we have the following: "The Shakers are being photographed by Alden. He has made 25 or more negatives of groups, buildings and scenery in Lebanon, and the Shakers are to sell stereoscopic views to the hundreds who visit their settlements." [BCE. 51(August 28, 1879): [2], and "Alden's Shaker views which are for sale at Nugent's newsroom, show groups of brethren and sisters in the quaint costumes and they will be interesting additions to stereoscopic collections. One group has Elder Evans in the center with leading members of the fraternity around him. [BCE. 51(September 11, 1879): [2]. Eleanor Potter is the uppermost seated sister. At the bottom of the back of the card is written, "Mary Hazards Photo." It is not clear if this means that Sr. Mary Hazard is in the photograph or the photograph belonged to her -- or both.
People Eleanor Potter (1812-1895)
Photographer A. J. Alden
Provenance This stereograph was presented to the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon by Mrs. Julia Clough in August, 1950. Julia Clough was the former Julia Matlida (Mintie or Minta) Dalton, who joined the Church Family at Mount Lebanon on July 11, 1876. She left the Shakers and married former Shaker Henry Terry Clough.
Collection Photography, Primary
Number of images 1
Year Range from 1879