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AUCTION 22

 

Early Views of Las Vegas, New Mexico


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462.     [PHOTOGRAPY]. [NEW MEXICO: LAS VEGAS]. FURLONG, James N. (photographer). Four sepia-toned gelatin silver prints of street scenes in Las Vegas, New Mexico, showing the town from the 1870s to the 1880s, developed and printed ca. 1900 from negatives dated 1876-1889 (the embossed white card mounts are indicative of a date of 1895-1905). All four on heavy white embossed card stock (17.7 x 22.8 cm; photo sizes vary, see individual entries), with embossed seal: J.N. Furlong, Photog. Las Vegas, at lower right of each card; all are signed on verso by New Mexico pioneer W.M. Stapp (1901). Condition reports follow each entry.

“Looking North—South Pacific Street, Las Vegas, N.M. about 1876” [contemporary ms. label in ink with photo]; with similarly titled early twentieth-century typewritten label above image. 11.2 x 17.6 cm. Street scene with a few small, humble, one-story adobe buildings (businesses such as bakeries, saloons, and meat markets). Two men loll around on the street, and a third leans in a doorway in the shadow of a porch. Mount mildly darkened, waterstained at upper blank margins of mount, minor marginal chipping, image fine.

“The ‘Plaza’ Old Town—Las Vegas N. Mex. about 1876” [early twentieth-century typewritten label above image]. 11.7 x 18 cm. Street scene showing numerous businesses with upper and lower porches, horses, oxcart, and mule-drawn covered wagon. Mount lightly darkened, small stains at upper portion (3 of which touch image), light marginal wear, overall good, with strong contrast.

“View of Plaza Park—Las Vegas. N.M. 1889” [contemporary ms. label in ink with photo]. 11.5 x 17 cm. Busy street scene overlooking a park occupied by hundreds of people in fine Victorian dress, some carrying parasols. Town structures can be seen in the background. Excellent human interest. Some marginal spotting and edge wear to mount, image very good.

“View looking East from West National Avenue just east of County Court House. 1889” [contemporary ms. label in ink with photo]. 10.6 x 28 cm. Lazy street scene in which a figure in shawl and rebozo strolls while two children approach in the background. At lower right a cow stands in a backyard corral, and in the distance more buildings are visible. Mount moderately darkened with some waterstaining and edge wear, image fine.

These views show Las Vegas just as it was beginning to grow substantially, about the time the railroad arrived in 1880. The contrast between the quiet side streets and the more vibrant downtown areas such as those around the plaza is of interest to social and town history. F.N. Furlong, who worked with T. Crispell in Las Vegas, is listed by Mautz (Checklist, p. 70).

($2,000-4,000)

 

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