Glass Plate News Ferry, Virginia Photos From 1909
I bought the following glass plate negatives at an auction in rural Virginia and started scanning them in during December 2006 between recordings. They range in quality quite a bit, and many don't seem to have been focused or developed in an exacting way. Maybe they are the work of an amatuer photographer?

There was an empty envelope separating the glass negatives and it is dated October 18th, 1909. The letter is from Ohio with no return address, and is addressed to Miss Ora Henderson of RR No. 2, News Ferry, Virginia. News Ferry is in Halifax VA. The glass plates look like they have some silver on them. A few are in boxes labeled Hammer Plates 4x5, and Azo Grade D Semi-gloss

Since I have posted the photos in 2006, I am glad to report that several family members have found them and enjoyed them. In fact, one person had a print from one of the original negatives! The Internet is amazing. (Thanks again Marshall and Anne!)
Regards - GR

On the porch. Due to the long exposure time most of the kids are blurry.
Lady with broom

Several things struck me about this picture. First the prominence of the bell. How thin everyone looks. The hats everyone has. The contraption in the background, which looks like a well with a bucket on a pulley.
Group around horses

Sweeping again
Family on porch

Included for the hat
Three Ladies

Girl on tree trunk
Girl on tree trunk

Three ladies with umbrella
Three ladies with umbrella

Wish the focus was better!
Three in carriage

A very clean porch
Clean porch

I assume the faded ones could not stand there the whole time...

Two ladies

White horse leads the way
Horse Carriage

Lady poses in front of trellis
Lady in front of trellis

Lady poses in front of rug
Lady in front of rug

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