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Glen Fishback Papers and Photographs

Photographer:
Fishback, Glen Curtis, 1912-1976  Search this
Creator:
Glen Fishback School of Photography.  Search this
Donor:
White, Judy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Ansco.  Search this
Kalart.  Search this
Eastman Kodak Company  Search this
Extent:
27 Cubic feet (101 boxes, 6 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Annual reports
Magazines (periodicals)
Correspondence
Photographs
Transparencies
Slides (photographs)
Color slides
Date:
1930-1976
Scope and Contents:
Original photographic negatives, prints (black-and-white and color), and color slides and transparencies by Fishback, reflecting his career in advertising, calendar, and editorial photography; drafts of articles and correspondence by Fishback (typescripts), and incoming correspondence; copies of publications, such as magazines and annual reports, with reproductions. Lessons, assignments, outlines, and meeting minutes related to his school of photography.

Subjects of the photographs include children, sports, circuses, stage performers, landscapes, the Far East, the Air Force, industrial, female nudes and glamour, etc. Many photos were used in advertisements for photographic manufacturers such as Ansco, Kodak, Kalart, Rolleiflex, etc. His photos appeared in articles and on covers of popular camera periodicals and in Life, Look, Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, and Holliday. Most of his pictures have cheerful, optimistic themes or subjects, such as his laughing daughter, Judy, posing with circus clowns.
Arrangement:
Divided into twenty-two series.

Series 1: Fishback Career and Biography

Subseries 1.1: Writings and Personal Materials

Subseries 1.2: Glen Fishback School of Photography

Series 2: Photographs--Advertisements and Contests

Series 3: Numbered and labeled envelopes in Glen Fishback's numbering system

Series 4-17: Photographs by Subject

Series 4: Air Force

Series 5: Animals

Series 6: Circus

Series 7: Far East

Subseries 7.1: Places Subseries 7.2: People

Series 8: Landscapes and places

Subseries 8.1: Architecture Subseries 8.2: Grand Tetons Subseries 8.3: Nature

Series 9: Industrial

Series 10: Kids

Subseries 10.1: Babies Subseries 10.2: Children

Series 11: Men

Subseries 11.1: Glen Fishback

Subseries 11.2: Other

Series 12: Mixed Groups

Subseries 12.1: Men and Women

Subseries 12.2: Men, Women, and Children

Series 13: Nudes

Series 14: Sports

Series 15: Stage Performers

Series 16: Transportation

Series 17: Women

Series 18: Reproductions

Series 19: Duplicates

Series 20: Magazines

Series 21: Ephemera

Series 22: Slides

Series 23: Audio Visual Materials
Biographical / Historical:
Glen Fishback was born in Orange, California in 1912. He became interested in photography in the early 30s after his friend took a photograph of him diving. He bought his first camera, a 39 cent univex camera, in 1934. He began his professional career as a staff reporter at the Sacramento Bee from 1937 until 1939. He owned his own portrait and commercial studio for the next 17 years; he sold the studio in the mid-1950s in order to devote his time to free-lancing. In 1958, flew over the Far East with the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general on a special assignment sponsored by U.S. Camera magazine, Ansco, Rolleiflex, and the Air Force. Fishback and his wife also established the Glen Fishback School of Photography in the 1950s. It was the only school at the time which taught how to become a freelancer. The school lasted until the 1990s, even after Fishback's death.

Fishback also wrote technical and popular articles for photographic magazines and publications.

Fishback won 10 first places in major national and international photography contests; at the time of his death, he had reportedly won more money in contests than any other photographer.

He developed an accurate and reliable exposure system which Pentax included with each of their spotmeters. Fishback's system worked for both black and white and color photography.

Fishback and his wife were friends with Edward Weston Fishback took photographs of Weston at Point Lobos. The two exchanged photos and correspondence. Fishback supplied his photos for a film on Edward Weston's Daybooks; He also wrote an article "Edward Weston, A Legend in His Own Time" for Petersen's Photographic. Fishback and his wife named their son, Kurt Edward Fishback, in honor of their friend.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Fishback's daughter, Judy White, who, with her brother Kurt, inherited it on her father's death. Ms. White made the availability of the collection known on an Internet listserv, where the archivist saw the description and contacted Ms. White.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some materials are restricted until 2050 and are noted in the container list.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Circuses (performances)  Search this
Photography of children -- 20th century  Search this
Photography, Industrial -- 20th century  Search this
Photographic industry -- 20th century  Search this
Photography, Advertising -- 20th century  Search this
Photography -- Schools -- 20th century  Search this
Trade schools -- 1970-1980  Search this
Photography of sports -- 20th century  Search this
Photography of the nude -- 20th century  Search this
Circus  Search this
Circus performers  Search this
Nudity  Search this
Nude in art  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Clowns  Search this
Glamour photography -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Sports -- 20th century  Search this
Children -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Annual reports -- 20th century
Magazines (periodicals) -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Photographs -- Color prints -- 20th century
Transparencies -- 20th century
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Color slides -- 20th century
Citation:
Glen Fishback Papers and Photographs, 1930-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0714
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0714
Online Media:

History of Photography Reference Collection

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Extent:
2.75 Cubic feet (photographs, 5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Photographic industry -- 20th century  Search this
Citation:
History of Photography Reference Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1291
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1291

[Trade catalogs from Panon Camera Shoko Co. Ltd.]

Company Name:
Panon Camera Shoko Co. Ltd.  Search this
Related companies:
Kalimar Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Circa mid-20th Century brochures for super-wide angle (140 degrees) cameras ; review of the Panon Widelux FV camera from a British publication called "Amateur Photographer" ; flyer announcing NASA will be using the Widelux for space missions ; explanations of how to load, take pictures with, and unload the camera ; Widelux 35 mm wide angle camera...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog and manual
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
3 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Tokyo, Japan
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Cameras  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_28351
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_28351

[Trade catalogs from Photo-Fabric Corp.]

Company Name:
Photo-Fabric Corp.  Search this
Related companies:
Albert E. Jacobson  Search this
Notes content:
Circa late 19th, early 20th Century trade lit for Aratone, a thin paper that was meant to create photographic prints that resembled etchings.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date range:
1800s-1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Textiles and textile machinery  Search this
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Cameras  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Textile machinery industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_32258
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_32258

[Trade catalogs from Photographic Analysis Co.]

Company Name:
Photographic Analysis Co.  Search this
Notes content:
A data sheet for a camera light meter - the X-L Meter from the Photographic Analysis Co. , circa mid-20th Century.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Wayne, New Jersey, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Measuring; calculating and testing devices  Search this
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Calculators  Search this
Cameras  Search this
Measuring instruments  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Weighing instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_32344
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_32344

[Trade catalogs from Photosystems Corp.]

Company Name:
Photosystems Corp.  Search this
Notes content:
Undated, circa mid-20th Century trade lit from a maker of high speed cameras. Includes an abstract for the Series 200 Megadyne Ultra-High Speed Camera System ; the technical specifications for the Megadyne 300 High Speed image dissection camera.
Includes:
Trade catalog and manual
Black and white images
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Plainview, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Computers and computer equipment  Search this
Measuring; calculating and testing devices  Search this
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Calculators  Search this
Cameras  Search this
Computers  Search this
Measuring instruments  Search this
Optical equipment  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Weighing instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_32395
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_32395

[Trade catalogs from 20th Century Plastics, Inc.]

Variant company name:
Filed under "Twentieth"  Search this
Company Name:
20th Century Plastics, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
office and photo organizers: sheet protectors ; binders ; report covers ; file folders ; spiral binders & shredders ; scheduling calendars & maps ; CD & data organizers ; envelopes ; poly bags ; photo & slide pages ; photo albums ; film storage containers
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Color images
Physical description:
3 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Brea, California, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Office equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Cameras  Search this
Office equipment and supplies industry  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_26188
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_26188

Object:photo : modern photographs, the Thomas Walther collection 1909-1949 / Mitra Abbaspour, Lee Ann Daffner, Maria Morris Hambourg

Title:
Thomas Walther collection 1909-1949
Modern photographs, the Thomas Walther collection 1909-1949
Author:
Abbaspour, Mitra  Search this
Daffner, Lee Ann  Search this
Hambourg, Maria Morris  Search this
Subject:
Walther, Thomas Photograph collections  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Photograph collections  Search this
Physical description:
400 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Type:
Catalogs
History
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2014
20th century
Topic:
Photography--Private collections  Search this
Photography--History  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1045549

[Trade catalogs from Photo-Kinetics Inc.]

Company Name:
Photo-Kinetics Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Undate, circa mid-20th Century, trade lit for a company that made the "Nova" camera, which it called "the most versatile rotating prism high speed motion picture camera system.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Bronx, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Cameras  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_32275
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_32275

[Trade catalogs from Paget Plate Co.]

Variant company name:
Paget was developed in Britain and sold worldwide in the first two decades of the 20th century. It was responsible for many color images of WWI.  Search this
Company Name:
Paget Plate Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Duplex, Herbert & Huesgen Co.  Search this
Notes content:
A small leaflet entitled "Paget Colour Photography Duplicating Method: The Viewing Screen Instructions for Use." Document entitled "Making the Transparency." Documents entitled "Paget Colour Photography Duplicating Method." Two undated small booklets. "Hydra plates will not Over-expose" and "Color Photography Duplicating Method by the Paget Process". The Paget system was a development of the classic colour screen plate system using two glass plates, one of which was the colour screen while the other was a standard black-and-white negative. The sale of Paget colour plates enjoyed moderate success up to 1914. In 1920 this plate was renamed Duplex and continued to be sold for a few more years. (see http://www.awm.gov.au/captured/colour/paget.asp).
Includes:
Trade catalog and manual
Black and white images
Physical description:
7 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Watford, England
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Cameras  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_27557
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_27557

[Trade catalogs from Cameragraph Co.]

Company Name:
Cameragraph Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Cameras for producing facsimilies of printed documents. Early 20th century.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
4 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Office equipment and supplies  Search this
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Cameras  Search this
Office equipment and supplies industry  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_9334
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_9334

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