Six Alaska and Yukon 5 x 7 Inch Glass Plate Negatives 1914-1918 by Rev. Louis H. Pedersen
All six glass plate negatives in Very Good Condition or better. 5 x 7 inches. One has small piece missing from corner. Typical emulsion flaking at edges. All identified in the negative; most dated in the negative. Great contrast and sharpness to images. Each photo in paper sleeve with photo information in pencil on five of the sleeves. Two sleeves imply the images were reproduced as RPPC's with the postcard brands Noko and Azo noted. We have digitally converted the negatives into positives--the set for sale all are original glass plate negatives.
Outstanding collection of Alaska and Yukon glass plate negatives from the Reverand Louis H. Pedersen. Pedersen images are mostly seen today as real photo post cards or lantern slides. Several institutions hold Pedersen collections including the Library of Congress, Alaska State Library and University of Washington. The Pedersen Glacier in present day Kenai Fjords National Park was named after Reverand Pedersen and is often used in the "then and now" format when discussing the retreat of glaciers in Alaska. Not found in Mautz.
This small collection includes one Yukon image, "White Horse from Hill" plus five Alaska images: "Susitna Mail Just Arrived", Wild Goat", "Skagway Girls BB Team", "60 Miles To Go Seward Alaska", and a bird's eye view of Skagway titled, "Lynn Canal, Long Bay, Dyea Islet and Flats, Face Mountain" See scans.
The University of Washington finding aid has an excellent sketch on Pedersen: "Reverend Louis H. Pedersen (1867-1939) was a Methodist minister who served congregations in Douglas, Seward and Skagway, Alaska. Pedersen emigrated from Norway as a small child with his young mother and grew up in Astoria, Oregon. He gained his citizenship by serving in the Oregon State Militia, eventually studying for the ministry before marrying a sheriff's daughter, Frances "Fanny" Turner, of Oysterville, Washington. In 1903, the Methodist church sent the couple north to serve as missionaries in Alaska. After a short time in Juneau, the couple arrived in Seward in 1905; Pedersen established the first Methodist church in the barely two-year old town, bringing with him a gospel tent which served as both church and parsonage for that first year. To help support his family and send his children to college, Pedersen took up photography and sold his images to tourists. Often, when steamships docked in Seward, passengers would make their way to the home of "Parson Pete" and place orders for his photographs. Pedersen would print the photographs overnight and have them ready for tourists to take home when they departed the next day. He initialed all of his photographs "LHP." In addition to his work as a minister, photographer and all-around civic booster, Pedersen also drafted the resolution making Alaska Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867, an official state holiday in 1917. Pedersen Glacier, located on a remote stretch of the Kenai Fords, just west of Seward, was named after him." Item #973