John P. Doremus

Doremus’s floating gallery, c. 1875 from The American Tintype by Rinhart, Rinhart, and Wagner (1999)

Though my plans for following the Mississippi from Arkansas to here this summer were thwarted by the RSA conference, it still seems like a good plan to me. Perhaps it was my choice to go up instead of down—down seems to be a more popular direction.

After their muskets were finally laid down, and veterans, North and South, returned homes, traveling photographers, looking for further adventure and profit, took to the roads and even the rivers (in flat-bottomed boats outfitted as complete studios). (82)

I wonder if a car, a camera, and a laptop count as a complete traveling studio?

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