Photographs, Pistols & Parasols
By Lee McIntyre
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It's 1860, you're a landscape photographer, and the dazzling sunlight is playing havoc with the photo you're trying to take. Without photography accessories shops around, you improvise and use your fashionable parasol as an improvised lens shade. Problem solved. ... It's 1895, you're an itinerant photographer travelling dangerous backroads alone. You're not worried, though: a man's hat hides that you're a woman and besides, you've always got your pistol at the ready. ...Those are but two of the many intrepid women who found success as professional artisan photographers, pursuing careers in photography shortly after it began in 1839. These women were successful entrepreneurs who ran thriving photography businesses and produced high-quality photos with the ever-changing technology, but unfortunately their accomplishments are too often marginalized or left out of the history books altogether. Join host Lee McIntyre twice a month as she introduces you to the captivating stories of talented women who started their professional photography careers between 1840-1930.
||Clean27x-Next episode coming October 1st - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||27x-Next episode coming October 1st||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26-Linked in Lawrence, Part 1 - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||26-Linked in Lawrence, Part 1||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25-Colorado Connections - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||25-Colorado Connections||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24-Serendipitous Silver (Snodgrass Part 2) - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||24-Serendipitous Silver (Snodgrass Part 2)||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23-Fate and Photography (Snodgrass Part 1) - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||23-Fate and Photography (Snodgrass Part 1)||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22-On the trail of Belle B. Chase - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's episode we're following in the footsteps of early artisan photographer Belle B. Chase, as her 50+ year career takes her across the U.S. and around the world.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21-The Extraordinary Mrs. Vreeland - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's episode we're going to meet Rosa Vreeland, the "more than ordinarily successful" early artisan photographer and photographic entrepreneur.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20-The Women of Blue Rapids, Part Two - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||20-The Women of Blue Rapids, Part Two||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19-The Women of Blue Rapids, Part One - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||19-The Women of Blue Rapids, Part One||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18 – Iva Roach and the Rambling Man - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||18-Iva Roach and the Rambling Man||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17x – The People You Meet - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||17-Extra: The People You Meet||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17 – The Peripatetic Miss Eva B. Strayer - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||17 - The Peripatetic Miss Eva B. Strayer||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16 – Early Woman Photographers from Lowell - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||16 Early Woman Photographers from Lowell||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 – Miss C Smith, Photographer - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's episode we dive into the records to uncover the story of a highly prolific photographer from Lowell, Massachusetts, who identified herself on her work only as "Miss C. Smith."||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14-Extra The Mystery of John Swan - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||14-Extra: The Mystery of John Swan||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 The Unforgettable Miss Minnie Libby - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||14 The Unforgettable Miss Minnie Libby||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 The Mary Winslow Enigma - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||P3P013 13 The Mary Winslow Enigma||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 Followups and Updates: Part 2 - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In this episode, we get a special bonus update that solves the mystery of George Ober, the first husband of the early photographer Clara Ober-Towne. Special guest interview with John Felix, independent photo historian.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 Followups and Updates: Part 1 - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In this first episode of Season 2, we'll take a look back at a few of the women profiled in Season 1, to discover some exciting new details about them that came to light during my research travels over the past few months.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Season Two starts December 1st - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||10 Coming December 1st!||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 A Tribute to Peter Palmquist - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's Season One extra, we take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of a man who uncovered information on thousands of early women photographers: the incomparable Peter E. Palmquist.||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 A Sensible Woman - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||Today we meet the remarkable Elizabeth Withington, who in the 1800s found success as a photographer while fashioning photographic tools from 19th century ladies fashions.||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07 A Tale of Two Townes - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's episode we meet two 19th century Massachusetts photographers named Mrs. Towne: Clara Ober-Towne and Anna Wing Towne. Plus, we'll also discover a Miss Alma Whitney, another woman photographer who plays a prominent role in today's tale of two .||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 Meet the McKellips - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's episode we meet two photographers who are another set of sisters running studios together at a variety of times and places in the early 20th century.||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 The Adventures of the Misses O’Donnell - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's episode we meet not one woman named Miss O'Donnell, but two: sisters who together ran the Misses O'Donnell studio in Beloit, Kansas at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries.||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 Slightly Surreal World of Hannah Maynard - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||Today we meet Hannah Maynard, the 19th century photographer who opened her studio in 1862 and embraced a remarkable life as a professional photographer over the next 50 years.||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 Finding Miss DeM. Brown - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In this episode of the Photographs, Pistols & Parasols podcast, we are on the hunt to answer the question: Who was the photographer 'Miss DeM. Brown'?||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 The $100 Photo - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||In today's episode we'll meet a photographer named Gertrude Käsebier, and get a quick introduction to Pictorialism in order to understand the importance of a $100 photo.||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 Welcome to the podcast - Photographs, Pistols & Parasols||A brief introduction to the first season of the Photographs, Pistols and Parasols podcast. The podcast celebrates the accomplishments and élan of early women artisan photographers, 1840-1930.||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Lovely, rich detail
Like many great photographs, each episode captures the essence of a point in time and a central figure, in this case an early woman artisan photographer. Detailed research makes these podcast-portraits come alive.
Successful women photographers of yore
This podcast has opened my eyes to what a professional could achieve in the U.S. in the 19th century, even if that professional was a woman. The accounts are most engaging, as are the photographs, and the full transcripts of the podcasts and the extras on the accompanying website and Pinterest board are a plus.
Historically accurate and compelling production!
I am the photo archivist for the Special Collections Department of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. I worked with Lee during her visit to our archives. Her research techniques were meticulous, her scope comprehensive, and her documentation thorough. If she says it happened, you can count on it. These podcasts may be the best available source on early women photographers in existence. Highly recommended!!!