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The Goodridge Brothers were among the first African American photographers to operate professionally in the nation. Begun by Glenalvin Goodridge in York, PA in 1847 and continued by his younger brothers, Wallace and William in Saginaw, MI between 1864 and 1922, the Goodridge Brothers Photography Studio was internationally renowned for its progressive use of photographic technologies, the variety of its subjects, and the skillful implementation of photographic techniques. This collection illustrates a small portion of the Goodridge Brothers contribution to the historical images of Saginaw over a nearly sixty year career. The range of subjects that the Goodridge Brothers photographed throughout the Saginaw Valley during the industrial boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries includes images of the lumbering trade, the growth of downtown East Saginaw, some great floods of the Saginaw River, social and cultural functions, portraits, and pictures of hotels, schools, businesses and other historical landmarks, some of which are shown in this collection.

 
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