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A.W. Terhune collection

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1987_070-PA

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17 album pages, 13 postcard views. Albums contain 77 prints approximately 3 x 3 1/4 inches; Photographs by Albert Wheaton Terhune, 1907. Taken in Louisville while working with a Louisiville based insurance company. Insurance agent and amateur photographer Albert Wheaton Terhune was born March 12, 1871 in Newark, New Jersey. The oldest of four children, he lost his mother to tuberculosis in 1877, and, in his late teens, contracted the disease and spent a year in a sanatorium in Colorado Springs. Upon returning to Newark, Terhune married and had at least two children, both daughters. He moved his family to Caldwell, New Jersey while he was employed by the New York City-based Provident Savings and Life Assurance Society, and later worked for Travelers Insurance Company for at least 40 years. From 1906-1907, Terhune was temporarily assigned by his company to Louisville, Kentucky to fill in for an ill worker. Terhune spent the summer of 1907 engaging in his love for photography in and around the Louisville area. The 77 photographs in this collection represent the complete contents of a photograph album. The album highlights Terhune's interest in the outdoors and include images of downtown Louisville; Cherokee, Central, and Iroquois parks; the Ohio River; and rural areas around Louisville. Additionally, there are pictures of Fontaine Ferry, White City, and Glenwood amusement parks. In June, July, and August 1907, Terhune travelled to points beyond Louisville, including Lexington, Kentucky; Hinton, West Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; Tell City, Indiana; and Altoona, Pennsylvania. The 11 color postcards in this collection were sent by Terhune to his daughter, Eleanor Terhune, in Newark, New Jersey.

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  • 1907



77 photographs (1 box)