[New York]: [circa 1860s - 1950s].
A large collection upwards of 1200 black and white photographs, the bulk of which were taken by the Brooklyn-based photographer and teacher, Vernon Everett Duroe. Born in 1872 on the family farm in Norwich, New York, Duroe developed an early interest in both portrait and landscape photography, and was an active member of the photography department at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. This collection of his prints divides roughly into three parts: fine art photographs (some of which were published in the early 1920s); landscape and architectural studies; and family snapshots and portraits. Most range in size from 5" x 7" to 11" x 14", with several hundred smaller size images. Included are gelatin silver, platinum, albumen, and matte collodion prints, several of which are identical images printed in variant tones and sizes. Also included are a few tintypes, cartes de visites, etc., and several dozen cabinet cards. Most of the prints in the collection are loose, with about a quarter mounted (on original commercially produced cardboard mounts or Duroe’s custom-made mounts, or in folded paper portfolios). With few exceptions, most prints are undated and unmarked. Overall very good or better, with some light to moderate curling among some of the loose prints. A detailed list of the photographs is available upon request.