House Hunting In Licking County

A set of turn-of-the-century glass-plate negatives bought at an auction prompted a New York photographer to set off for central Ohio to document architectural and social change


There is something irresistible about before-and-after photographs, whether they document change that has occurred imperceptibly over many years or, as sometimes happens in fashion magazines, the transformation of a se afternoon. When the New York photographer Karen Maloof acquired a crate of about 170 glass-plate negatives in 1981 from a friend who had bought them at an Ohio auction, the box was marked “McCahon Studio, Newark, O.,” but the images themselves bore no identification whatever.Read more »

Loveland Summer

The Forgotten Photographs of Nancy Ford Cones

In 1905 the Eastman Kodak Company held a photographic competition that drew twenty-eight thousand entries. The first prize went to a young photographer named Edward Steichen; the third-prize winner was Alfred Stieglitz. Second prize went to a young farmwife from Loveland, Ohio. The name of Nancy Ford Cones is not now commonly known even to the most ardent devotees of photography—an obscurity thoroughly undeserved, as the photographs in this portfolio demonstrate. Born in Milan, Ohio, in 1869, she became interested in photography in her twenties.Read more »

For The Record


In a recent issue of The American West , Richard Reinhardt, a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage, comments on the astonishing growth of the preservation movement: “Success has turned the good idea of protecting our historic and architectural heritage into a vested economic interest, with a professional and managerial elite, a specialized press, a literature, and a dependent bloc of artisans, contractors, historians, publishers, writers, designers, public employees, and flaks.Read more »

“A’n’t I a Woman?”

Soujourner Truth's mission was “testifyin’ concerning the wickedness of this ‘ere people.”

In the violent, restless decade before the Civil War some close ties were forged between the woman's-rights movement and abolitionism. The great feminist Susan B. Anthony, for instance, was a paid agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society, while Frederick Douglass, the black abolitionist, was a frequent speaker at woman’s-rights conventions. But if the relationship was occasionally a close one, it was rarely tranquil.Read more »

The Great Bicycle Delirium

The man on the preceding page is mounted on a bicycle made by Colonel Albert A. Pope. An ex-soldier and shoe manufacturer, Pope spent a good deal of time at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition pondering an English “ordinary” (large front wheel, small back wheel). After the show he commissioned a mechanic to build him a bicycle on the English model. The result—a seventy-pound behemoth costing $313—was probably the first real bicycle built in America. Pope saw vast possibilities in the unwieldy machine and forever abandoned the manufacture of shoes.Read more »