Photo Collection

The Belmond Historical Society has a large collection of digital images including approximately 7,000 photographs most of which were scanned from glass plate negatives.  These negatives were obtained from the Martin Thoe Studio in Belmond which was in operation in the early 1900’s.

Glass plate image photography became widely used in the 1880’s and continued through the early 20th century.  The negative was captured on a thin piece of glass coated with an emulsion.

Glass Plate
Glass Plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It allowed the photographer to create multiple prints from one negative which was a significant improvement over daguerreotype and paper negatives which allowed only one print.

Negative
Negative
Final Picture
Final Picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The public is welcome to visit the museum to search and view this highly indexed collection and purchase prints if desired.