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January 30, 2013

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Frances Osborn Robb

Gary and Mark
William S. Copley was a photographer in Mobile from 1884, first with a man named Saunders, then with his son, then with a man called Ray. From 1890 to 1897 he worked alone at several addresses. If there is an address on the back, I can come close to a date for you. That typeface dates to the early 1890s, but of course Copley may have been using it later. I have a book coming out in 2015 U AL Press: Shot in Alabama: A History of Photography in a Deep South State, 1839-1941, that includes a baseball snapshot made at Spring Hill College there with an early Kodak. Also like the Sweney carte of the two players and the Barons in Rickwood Field. Joy!
Thanks for the image and the data. FR

Mark Rucker

Wow! Gary--
Talk about cosmic consciousness. All our historical brains electronically linked. I think I'm going to enjoy this process.

John Thorn

Great sleuthing!

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