This photogravure is from the journal generally known as The Photographic Times, one of America’s earliest and most important photographic journals. This publication was an invaluable reference for the ever expanding photography movement in America at the turn of the century and has published samples by some of the greats such as Alfred Stieglitz, Gertrude Kasebier and Alvin Langdon Coburn. The Photographic Times first appeared as a supplement incorporated within the pages of the monthly Philadelphia Photographer, one of the first journals devoted to photography published in America beginning in 1864. By 1889 issues were accompanied by well executed hand-pulled photogravure plates which appeared regularly until 1904. Due to changes in ownership or marketing strategies the name changed at least four times over the course of its 45 year run making keeping track of the specifics very difficult. Initially, the journal was geared to the professional photographer as would be expected, since it was published by the Scovil Manufacturing Co.; the articles mirrored their concerns. Reviews and reports from photographic societies were a regular feature. First edited by Edward Wilson, the editorship transferred to John Thraill Taylor, who enlarged the scope in 1880, when it became The Photographic Times and American Photographer. By 1882, an original mounted photograph was inserted, and in 1887, the size was increased to a large quarto, and fine photomechanical illustrations began appearing. In 1902, it merged with Anthony’s Bulletin to form The Photographic Times Bulletin. This periodical is most commonly cited as “The Photographic Times".
The Photographic Times 1871-1881 as a supplement of THE PHILADELPHIA PHOTOGRAPHER.
The Photographic Times and American Photographer (A Weekly Journal devoted to the art, science practical working and advancement of photography). 1881-1894
The Photographic Times (An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Interests of Artistic and Scientific Photography) 1895 -1901
The Photographic Times-Bulletin. New York: Photographic Times-Bulletin Pub. Association. 1902-1904
The Photographic Times. 1905-1916