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Title [No. 17. Group at East Side of Office]
Place Mount Lebanon, New York
Catalog Number noc004384
Accession number 1951.004384
Object Name Stereograph
Description This group comprised of eleven Shaker Sisters, four young girls, and nine Shaker Brothers, three of whom may still be in the childrens' order, is posed at the eastern door of the Church Family Office at Mount Lebanon, New York. The photograph was made 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]. While similar to noc002026, noc004027, noc004377, and noc013954, most, if not all of the Shakers are different on the two views. The stereographic pair on this card is printed on a single piece of paper. This card was marketed by McDonnald & Sterry, Albany, N. Y. Either McDonnald & Sterry acquired the image from Alden legally or illegally. Note: The letterpress printed title and photographers name is printed upside down on this card showing that in this case, at least, photographs were mounted on the cards prior to the printing of the titles.
People Eleanor Potter (1812-1895) (uppermost seated sister)
Photographer A. J. Alden
Provenance This stereograph was presented to the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon by Nora Mallory.
Collection Photography, Primary
Number of images 2
Year Range from 1879
Year Range to 1882