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Quarry Farm, circa 1890
Quarry Farm, circa 1890
Mark Twain's Elmira:
Through the Lens of the Langdons
Prepared especially for the Center for Mark Twain Studies' 8th International Conference, "The Assault of Laughter," an exhibition of reproductions made from negatives found at Quarry Farm will be on exhibit at the Gannett-Tripp Library now through September 8. The images depict the Elmira social life, landmarks, and family activities that would have been familiar to Mark Twain between 1889-1891. The photos were captured by members of the Langdon family with the earliest point and shoot camera, George Eastman’s Kodak Series 540 camera, whose slogan simply stated, “You push a button, we do the rest.”  Also on view are a Kodak No. 2 "Brownie" camera, circa 1902 (similar to the camera that the Langdons used) and the Quarry Farm Cart, a small two-wheeled, two-seat vehicle that was used by the Langdon children and is shown in several of the reproductions.

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