The War Photograph & Exhibition Company
Wars and Conflicts:
H x W: 3.5 in. / 7 in.
Gift of Reginald W. Okie
The Army and Navy Club, gift of Reginald W. Okie
verso: 157. Building a Pontoon Bridge at Beaufort, S.C.
This is a view of the troops engaged in building a pontoon bridge across Port Royal River, at Beaufort, S.C., in March 1862. Each boat, with a certain number of timbers is carried on a large wagon, and when needed, is brought up to the water's edge, slipped off from the wheels into the river, anchored parallel with the current, and followed by others in a like manner; the timbers are soon laid, and the army has a serviceable bridge, light and strong.
This series of pictures are original photographs taken during the war of the Rebellion. More than a quarter of a century has passed away since the sun painted these real scenes of that great war, and the “negatives” (made by the old “wet plate” process) have undergone chemical changes which renders it slow and difficult work to get “prints” from them. Of course no more “negatives” can be made, as the scenes represented by this series of war views have passed away forever. The great value of these pictures is apparent. Some “negatives” are entirely past printing from, and all of them are very slow printers.
A Word As To Prices.
A gentleman living near Watkins Glen, New York, wrote us that he thought 30 cents each, too high a price for the stereoscopic war views, as he could buy views of Watkins Glen for $1.50 per dozen. We wrote him to this effect:
“If there was but one negative of Watkins Glen in existence, and if Watkins Glen itself were entirely wiped off the face of the earth, and if this one negative was old and ‘dense’ and very slow to ‘print,’ and if all the people of this country were as much interested in a view of Watkins Glen as they are in seeing the real scenes of our great war, so faithfully reproduced, then, and only under such circumstances, should Watkins Glen Pictures be compared to photographs taken ‘at the front’ during the days of 1861 to 1865.”
The gentleman “acknowledged the corn,” took the war views he wished for, paid the reasonable price asked for them, and was satisfied.
The above is the only answer we shall ever make to the question of price. We deem it necessary to say this much, as many persons write and ask us for cheap war views; when we change the price of these war views, it will be to double it; they will never be any cheaper than now. They can be obtained only of the undersigned or our duly authorized agents.
If you wish for a catalogue of the war views, send a stamp and your address to
Yours in F. C. and L.,
The War Photograph & Exhibition Company,
Sole Owners of the Original War Views. No. 21 Linden Place, Hartford, Conn.