Published: September 21, 2021
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — A silver bromide photographic print of Susan B. Anthony was among the treasures unearthed when Geneva, N.Y., lawyer David Whitcomb shined a flashlight into a sealed off room above his building’s third floor. He had found the storage contents of JE Hale, a photographer who lived in that town from 1892 to 1920 and who occupied the building sometime after 1900. National news organizations ran word of the discovery, which was entrusted to One Source Auctions in Canandaigua, N.Y., to sell in its September 18 sale. The print sold for $35,990.
The image of Anthony is one of the last photographs taken of her, selected as the official photograph by the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Association. It was taken at Lochland in 1905 and is one of only four original prints known to exist, one of which resides in the Library of Congress.
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