|Working on the Frontier ~ Curtis' Studio and Workroom|
"The field wagon . . . held several cameras and glass plates, equipment for recording speech and music onto wax cylinders the size of water glasses, a small trunk of books, a typewriter, a tent. . . . The loaded wagon weighed close to a ton."
~ Edward S. Curtis, date unknown
In the years before the plastic photographic films in vogue today, Curtis worked with chemically-treated glass-plate negatives. The team would carry the bulky plates back to Seattle to start the photogravure process.
"Development . . . usually was accomplished in a tent at night, with work prints made the following day on printing-out paper or, sometimes, on ferroprussiate (blueprint) paper exposed to the sun in a printing frame."
|~ Gaining Support|