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Mormon Temple Salt Lake City early Shipler photograph 1892

Mormon Temple Salt Lake City early Shipler photograph 1892


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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Photographs: Special Interest: Pre 1910: Item # 1455252
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This is a James William Shipler early historical photograph of the laying of the capstone of the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple, April 1892. The image area measures 6 1/2" by 9" and the entire piece with likely original turn of the century Victorian style frame is 14 1/2" by 16 1/2". Shipler (1849 - 1937), left McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1887, seeking adventure in the great west. He opened studios in Denver and Great Falls, Montana before arriving on the scene in Salt Lake City. In 1890, he opened Shipler Commercial Photographers there. He was one of the first non-Mormon photographers in Utah. Shipler's business thrived as he photographed much of the development of Salt Lake City between 1890 and 1910. He passed on the business to his son, who passed it on to his son, who in turn passed it on to HIS son. In all the firm took thousands of images of Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Intermountain West. In 1988 the Utah State Historical Society acquired the immense collection of negatives, preserving them for posterity. The present example has traveled without glass and is loose in the framing. It will need to be properly backed and secured. Nails have cut into the extreme edges of the photo mount card, and there is old damp stain in the lower portion, confined luckily to the margins area. A proper mat will hide all this. Within the image area there are a few age-acquired faults when seen from an angle, such as a hairline abrasion, and surface mottling--- but from normal viewing distance they would not be noticeable. Note the old Shipler stamp on the reverse (faded but readable with enhancement).