Unidentified artist, [Electricity Album], ca. 1905

Sandwiched between images of domesticity (and the cardboard covers with black boards), including the obligatory family shots (and the bored dog, bold turtle, and sheepish cow) at the beginning and end of the album, the real joy, the real meat, the real heart of this album are the powerful and large photos of machines, generators, transformers, and waterfalls made on the Michigan and Canadian border….
The photos are large, powerful, sincere, non-ironic, and quiet, although one can almost hear the buzz of electricity, the hum of machines, and the roar of water falling…

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