These images are scans of "lantern slides" of the early 20th century. They were not the 35mm slides most people are familiar with, but an earlier, larger format image, taken on glass. They were black & white images originally, but many were then hand tinted or colored. These photographs were taken by notable bird watching and ornithology figures of a century ago, like Arthur Allen of Cornell, the first PhD holding ornithologist in the U.S. Others include Guy Bailey of Geneseo Normal school, and Verdi Burtch, a store keeper in Branchport NY who was a keen amateur ornithologist who even published in The Auk.The images date from that transition era when the older style of bird study done with shotguns, collecting bird skins as specimens for identification and study, was shifting to that done with field glasses and cameras.
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