||YOUNG INUIT WOMEN BY BEVERLY DOBBS, PROVENANCE: JACK NAYLOR COLLECTION
Both photos are affixed, only at top edges via tape, to a mat that frames them together. There is no mount. Note the sticker on the plastic outside: "THE NAYLOR COLLECTION. G114. GUERNSEY'S."
1) 4 young women. To the left of the leg of girl furthest left: "COPYRIGHT 1903 BY B B Dobbs 143." Size: Approximately 6 x 8 inches. Condition: Crease at upper right. A few tiny spots. When tilted, a stain can be seen on the skirt and shoes of the girl furthest left. There is a much smaller, but similar stain on the sand to her left. Also when tilted, mirroring is apparent. Back has glue residue at all 4 corners. Appearance: Excellent tones. Sharp details. Wonderful patterns and textures. A gorgeous photograph.
2) Mother and 2 children. Size: Approximately 6 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches. Condition: Significant crease at upper right has been taped on the back. 2 other diagonal creases from top edge, through mother's forehead, to right edge. Small white mark on mother's plaid shawl or blanket. Back has glue residue at all 4 corners. Appearance: Very good tones. Great details to all the patterns of mother's clothing. Fantastic composition.
The Mat. Approximately 7 7/8 x 14 1/2 inches. Good condition.
Beverly Dobbs. The son of a farmer, Beverly Bennett Dobbs was born in 1868 near Marshall, Missouri. At age 8, he moved with his parents to Lincoln, Neb., where he learned photography. In 1888, Dobbs moved to Bellingham, Wash., and operated a photography studio for 12 years... then moved to Nome, Alaska, in search of gold in 1900. Dobbs continued to earn his living as a photographer... Dobbs photographed scenes in Nome and the Seward Peninsula and made portraits of Inuit people (Eskimos). He was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair) in 1904 for his Eskimo photographs. By about 1909, Dobbs had started Dobbs Alaska Moving Picture Co., making him one of the first to use motion picture film north of the Arctic Circle. He made a name for himself as a filmmaker with Atop of the World in Motion (also called Top of the World in Motion), a collection of his motion picture travelogues detailing the Alaska gold rush. By 1911, it is probable that Dobbs was focusing only on his moving picture business; he no longer had his photography supply store, and had sold his photography negatives to the Lomen Brothers, who later issued some of his work under their name... (From the 'Archives West: Orbis Cascade Alliance' website)
Jack Naylor. Please note that the collection mentioned below is no longer in the Naylor home, and was sold at Royka's and Guernsey's auction houses. "Thurman F. 'Jack' Naylor (June 24, 1919 – November 26, 2007) was an American inventor. Naylor was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Naylor learned to fly early. After joining the USAF, he trained and saw combat in P51 fighter planes over France and Germany. He switched to B24s and flew forays over Eastern Europe and ended up bombing the infamous oil refineries in Ploiesti, Romania. It was a momentous time and out of the windows of his bomber planes he was able to feed his growing passion for photography by shooting aerial pictures using a purloined Voigtländer. While based in Bengasi, Libya, he met Margaret Bourke-White and flew her along on his missions. She insisted on traveling with 'Captain Jack' because he always 'came back' which was a major feat back and forth over the Mediterranean... When he began his collecting, Naylor concentrated on cameras and photographs, but he quickly expanded to all manner of ephemera and photographica... Since Boston is one of the epicenters of photography, he befriended innovators like Edwin Land, who founded Polaroid and 'Doc' Harold Edgerton, professor of MIT, who invented the strobe light. Naylor owns the notebooks and scientific equipment of Leopold Godowsky, who along with Leopold Mannes co-invented the first color film. The majority of the thirty thousand object collection is displayed at Naylor's suburban Boston home. The narrow pathways around the basement museum are like a maze. You have to carefully watch your step or you might trip on or bump into some priceless artifact. The 1031 daguerreotypes eclipse the 725 owned by the Library of Congress. Daguerreotypes are such a rich foundation of photography's early history. Their quality is unprecedented and there are one-of-a-kind examples produced by the finest practitioners of the medium, such as, Southworth & Hawes, Whipple, and Mathew Brady. The dozens of glass display cases contain the world's largest collection of cameras used for espionage. Equipment produced for spying that spans the period from the American Civil War through the Cold War with Russia. Cameras that were worn by homing pigeons in the First World War, cameras mounted onto U2 spy planes, books, watches and cigarette lighters that conceal picture making devices. East German Stasi, British OSS, CIA and FBI are all represented... He acquired some of the most select items in the 1980s from a KGB agent he met in the USSR on a business trip. Covering every inch of wall space are images by the giants of picture taking: Cecil Beaton, Yousef Karsh, Ansel Adams, William Wegman, Brad Washburn, and Alfred Eisenstaedt to name just a few... Naylor has original glass plates by Edward Curtis taken with huge field cameras while he traversed the American West for thirty years documenting Native Americans and their vanishing cultures. Thereby one of the most ambitious anthropological projects is preserved since most of the Curtis negatives were destroyed. Upstairs there is a library of over 3000 volumes. Packed away are books, journals, notebooks, albums and first editions. Most impressive amongst them is a complete limited edition set of 'Pencil of Nature,' the first commercial book that included photographs. It was published by Fox Talbot, one of the people attributed with inventing photography..." (source: Wikipedia)
Additionally: "In the 1950s, Thurman F. (Jack) Naylor began collecting cameras, images, photographic technology, and associated ephemera. Mr. Naylor traversed the world on a quest to acquire an unprecedented selection of artifacts representing the entire history of photography. Over the course of more than 50 years he amassed many thousands of items, a collection that Smithsonian Magazine has described as 'indisputably the most comprehensive... in the world.'" (source: Guernsey's website)