The twenty-eight photographs and corresponding negatives in this collection were taken by photographer Fred S. Frater in Intercourse, Pennsylvania sometime between 1947 and 1950. They document a day-long auction of furniture, farm equipment and household goods that took place during the winter or early spring season. They depict an outdoor setting and, while some Amish women are shown, the photographs feature primarily Amish men and boys.
The negatives are in a two frame strip of 120, black and white film stock.
The photographs measure 5"x5" and were developed on Fugicolor Crystal Archive Paper. Although taken around 1947, the photographs in this collection were not developed until March 14, 2008.
The Collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1, Negatives,
Series 2, Photographs
Biographical / Historical:
Fred S. Frater studied photography at the Clarence H. White School of Photography and worked as a photographer at Lukens Steel Mill for nearly 40 years. He was drafted during World War II serving as a glider trooper and military photographer between 1943 and 1946. His photographs are in the collections of The Hagley Museum and Library, The Library of Congress, George Eastman House Museum and The United States Holocaust Museum. Frater resides in Exton, Pennsylvania.
Collection donated by Fred S. Frater in 2009.
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