National Photography Month~ May 24

A Little Shaver by Beatrice Tonnesen

c.1899 / Photographic print from copy neg
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, DC

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The Tonnesen sisters are credited with the creation of modern commercial photography in 1897. “One day we thought up a fine scheme. We would make advertising pictures using live models. It had never been done before,” she later recalled…The photographs she made were marketed to large companies in Chicago who purchased the rights to use them in their advertisements.
~ ©Scott Cross,

On the life and work of photographer Beatrice Tonnesen~

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