Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
Today we are highlighting a group of four pictures of the Falls covered with snow. They were taken at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.
They were shot by John Shields Payne whose camera used small photosensitive glass plates. The first cameras used metal or glass plates, and originally the photosensitive chemicals were applied by the photographer. By the time Mr. Payne was shooting, the glass plates were commercially available. Roll film soon replaced glass plates, and simple box cameras soon brought photography to everyone.
Mr. Payne was also an employee of Rogers Locomotive. His great-grandson, John Payne, shared these with us. His website is here: www.inpayne.com/family/granpaspix/gppix.html
To load glass plates, you had to have a darkroom, to place a plate into a plate holder. Roll film was so much easier. Glass plates were replaced by plastic plates and were still widely used up until the end of the film era. This writer used a plate camera in the early 1970s. They take great pictures but carrying your film around meant you needed a strong back or an assistant.
Four by John Shields Payne.
Then we have a picture of the plates and the small camera.
Last are two postcards also showing a wintry Falls. (collection VIP Terry).
We would love to see your pictures of the Falls or of Paterson in Winter from the old days. So nothing after 1950.