Supplemental material for The New England Journal of Photographic History, Issue 176, 2018
Researching Simon Wing, His Cameras, and All the Rest
A Charter Member of the Photographic Historical Society of New England, Mike Kessler somehow ended up pursuing the life and handiwork of Simon Wing for a decade or more. A self-described “wing-nut,” his two articles for The Photographist, the Journal of the Western Photographic Collectors Association, affiliated with the University of California Museum of Photography, are welcome companion pieces to the 2018 PHSNE Journal.
Both of Mike Kessler’s articles, published in 1984 and 1994, are reprinted here as digital PDF scans from the original print journals. They appear by permission of Gladys Hall-Kessler, to whom PHSNE extends our deepest appreciation and thanks.
Mike Kessler, “The Final Wing,” originally appeared in The Photographist, the Journal of the Western Photographic Collectors Association, affiliated with the University of California Museum of Photography, Number 63, Whittier, California, Summer 1984. To view the PDF, visit: Kessler_The_Final_Wing_1984
Mike Kessler, “After Simon Wing Photography Was Never Quite The Same,” originally appeared in The Photographist, the Journal of the Western Photographic Collectors Association, affiliated with the University of California Museum of Photography, Number 102/103, Whittier, California, Summer/Fall 1994. To view the PDF, visit: Kessler_Simon_Wing_1994
Editor’s Note: Kessler’s 1994 article occupies nearly the entire issue—some 42 pages plus the front and back covers—so it seems appropriate that his description of the images on the covers should be included, too. He wrote:
The primary article in this issue deals with daguerreotypist turned camera manufacturer, Simon Wing. Therefore it is only fitting to see a twentish [sic] Mr. Wing exuding confidence on our front cover. On the back we have an unknown photographer proudly displaying his new Wing Multiplying Camera to another camera of the same type. Or maybe he photographed himself in a mirror, because this impressive tintype is only 3/4 of an inch tall and originally part of a sheet of identical multiple tintypes, a Wing camera specialty. This miniature treasure may be found in the Fred Spira collection.
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