Lot 28
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Anonymous American Photographer

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  • Anonymous American Photographer
  • 'BRIDGE OVER THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN ST. ANTHONY'S [SIC] FALLS, MINN.'
  • daguerreotype
sixth-plate daguerreotype, with a modern seal, cased, titled in an unidentified hand in ink on a slip of paper laid into the case, 1850s

Catalogue Note

The suspension bridge at Saint Anthony Falls, on the upper Mississippi River in Minneapolis, was built in 1855 and connected Minneapolis to Nicolett Island.  The bridge was demolished in 1876.  The Minnesota Historical Society has in its collection a half-plate view of the bridge, made from nearly the same vantage point as the daguerreotype offered here.  Unlike the present image, however, the Historical Society's plate (cat. # MH5.9 MPH4.21 p. 5) shows the scene with snow on the ground.  It is reproduced in Beaumont Newhall's The Daguerreotype in America as plate 36. 
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