Found an interesting book at the library: [/i]American Photographs The First Century by the National Museum of American Art - Charles Isaacs Collection.
There are two daguerreotypes of Seneca Falls NY from different viewpoints - back when there were falls there - Van Cleef Lake was created when the canal between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes was built, connecting also with the Erie (Barge Canal).
But another photo by George Barker caught my eye - Niagara Falls in Winter 1880. Barker was born in Ontario Province and moved to Niagara Falls, NY starting a photography business there.
I thought of Simy and Nuccia right away.
After running around for almost an hour on the net, finally found two good sites:
Not sure of what Luminous Lint means yet but the photos are worth looking at. The one in the book is number 33 near the bottom with several others, including a tightrope walker. I like the layers of the ice and the scale of the people in the background.
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This is the site for Historical Tapestry News and the book by Cathy Marie Buchanan [i]The Day the Falls Stood Still
is covered with three photos. The one with the lady petting the kitten on the barrel is familiar. Annie Taylor was from Auburn and was the first woman to go over the falls in a barrel and survive. The photo is by George Barker also. I hope she didn't take the kitten with her in the barrel.