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Edition: 1st Edition
Five Niagara Falls photos, all signed and or inscribed by Jennings at the reverse. Measurements: Each is 10" x 8". Condition: Very good, some losses and creasing.
In this set there are three similar prints made of the foot of the American Falls. Three are prints of the same image each with different exposures and thus visual effects.
Notes on the reverse of two of these prints give some details;
1) made with 8 x 10 fixed focus Aero camera
2) F11 speed 1500 f Sharp from 5ft to clouds 8 x 10 feet
Interesting insight into the technical side of Jennings photography while at Niagara Falls.
Only one of the photos of all in these has a date which appears to be 1911. Given is near disaster miss by not boarding the Titanic in 1912 and sea travels the Niagara Falls trip may have been earlier.
Some uncommon photos taken by Jennings. The photos of Niagara Falls are excellent examples of Jennings photography beyond Philadelphia and an important part of Jennings personal history and profession. Provenance: From the estate of Lois C. Jennings, wife of Ralph Jennings Sr. who was the son of William Nicholson Jennings (1860-1946).
W. N. Jennings was both a scientist and photographer who made important strides in the area of scientific photography. He was the first person to take aerial photographs of lightning. Jennings won the prestigious John Price Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute in 1930.
Why was Jennings in Niagara Falls beyond wanting to take photos of one of the seven wonders of the world? Jennings full story with this trip to Niagara Falls and his contribution to the fingerprint industry may not be written. William Jennings is credited with being the first person in the United States to record his own palm prints years apart to test their persistency. After hearing a lecture at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1887 he recorded his prints. In 1937 he again recorded his prints and saw they did not change. Jennings did not publish either of the recordings until 1939. An interesting side note is that this was Jennings only connection to the fingerprint industry.
Good. Item #3107