Museum - Photographs - The Carpenter & Joiner

Encompassing the Carpenter, Joiner, Cabinetmaker and Furniture craftsman, these are the trades most often familiar to us when we think of the woodworker.


Postcard, Real Photo

"DO YOU SEE ANYONE YOU KNOW IN THIS CROWD, WE BUILT 35 OF THESE COTTAGES. N.N." c 1920. Great Real Photo Post Card of 13 carpenters, one with an X marking the spot. Addressed to Mr. P. Reinwald, 319 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, Cal. From N. N. A.


Postcard, Real Photo

CARPENTER, CHILDREN, WORKBENCH AND MITRE BOX. RPPC c1910. A very photogenic real photo post card featuring a father and four children. He stands at a European style workbench, cutting molding with mitre box clamped in the bench tail vise. You can see the orientation of the workbench to the windows for light, the rollers he added to suppport the stock and the four children dressed for a chilly fall or winters day.


Photograph, Glass Plate

STRONG & OLIVER. CARPENTERS AT WORK. c1920 Glass plate negative, most likely a dry glass plate image. Dry glass plates came ready made. The photographer need only remove the paper cover, expose the plate and develope the image. This set of two glass plate negatives are the only ones in my collection. At least the only ones that showcase trades. The toolchest is labeled 'Strong & Oliver'. Displayed on the toolchest is what looks like a Stanley #45 plane, some saws, a transitional plane and a brace.

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Photograph, Ambrotype, Cased

"BROTHER, WHEN SHALL I SEE YOU?" Ambrotype in case. 1864. Behind the image is a piece of paper on which is penciled... "Nov. 3, 1864, Brother, when shall I see you?". Sayings such as this where frequently added to cased images intheir service as keepsakes. Although the cover glass is quite damaged, I've only cleaned it and reset it. I suspect that this man was a house framer. He owned a set of heavy firmer chisels, along with a heavier grade of tools in general. You can make out a Taylor patent brace of the type often marked by Increase Wilson. Perhaps a knowledgable saw maven will know who made the saws?


Photograph, Tintype

CARPENTER WITH HIS SAW, FRAMING SQUARE AND PLANE. c1860. Tintype. This stern gentleman looks very uncomfortable posing for his picture. Not only does he hold the tools of his trade, but his jacket pockets seem to bulge with unknown treasures. His garments, hat and beard suggest that he was a Quaker.


Photograph, Cased Tintype

CARPENTER HOLDING A SAW AND A FOLDING RULE. C1870. Missing the cover of this Union Case, this tintype image of a young carpenter shows just how proud he was of his accomplishments. The rule may signify that this was not just your average country carpenter. Rather he was an educated man who knew his geometry and the use of the scales on a carpenters rule.


Photograph, Tintype

2 CARPENTERS. c1885. Tintype. As near as I can tell, one of these fellows is holding an early model Disston handsaw along with a Stanley Try-Mitre Square. The other one is holding what looks like a blacksmiths hammer and a horseshoe.


Photograph, Cyanotype

3 CARPENTERS FROM MELROSE, MASSACHUSETTS. Cyanotype Print. A much less frequently seen type of print, Found in Melrose, Massachusetts. Reportedly one of these gents was from Melrose and built the house in the rear.


Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite)

3 EUROPEAN (?) CARPENTERS CDV. Most likely a copy of an original image. Three carpenters posed for a CDV holding a jack plane, a square and a european style frame saw.


Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite)

THE JUGGLING CARPENTER. CDV (Duplicate). Yet another obviously plagiarized CDV, most likely from a Tintype of indeterminate date and origin. Look closely at the tools surrounding this kneeling carpenter. He has a novel way of carrying his tools.


Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite)

CARPENTER HOLDING A PLANE, SAW AND SQUARE. CDV taken by W. E. George of Monette, Missouri. Not a duplicate at all, this is the type of CDV produced by a local photographer for a proud, local carpenter.


Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite)

AT THE HEIGHTS OF FASHION... CDV by Schofield Bros., Wakefield, R. I. One may become the image on my business card. Just don't have a full mouth of food when you look closely at this CDV. I wonder if I can buy a pair of those overalls somewhere in Rhode Island?


Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite)

3 TIMBER FRAME HOUSE CARPENTERS. CDV. Three house carpenters with the tools of their choice: Timber frame drill, jack plane, square, hatchet and handsaw.. Look closely at the nuts on the handsaw and see if you can guess the manufacturer.


Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite)

YOUNG BRITISH WOODWORKER WITH PLANE. CDV. In the interest of cross-Atlantic goodwill, here is a nice CDV of a young woodworker posing in his finery whilst holding a jack plane.


Photograph, Cabinet Card

WHAT THE WELL DRESSED CARPENTER WEARS TO WORK. c1880. Cabinet Card. . Fine posed image of two carpenters making porch and other detail work. While posed, the work benches, tools and material are all as found. It looks to me as if this is an on-site workshop for a pair of skilled house carpenters.


Photograph, Cabinet Card

5 CARPENTERS OF ILL REPUTE. Cabinet Card. . A scurvy lot if ever I saw one. Watch out for the guy in the beard. he's watching you. Of interest is the back of this cabinet card, displaying the photographer and the fact that this image is a duplicate, available for order.


Photograph, Cabinet Card

B. B. CHAPMAN LUMBER COMPANY AND THE WEBBER CARPENTRY SHOP. Cabinet Card. Date the automobiles and you date the card. The winner gets the horse. Ok, so this is another one of those eye-popping finds. The whole crew complete with Nelly the Horse and those new fangled horseless carriages too. Take a close look at the different ways the workman carry their tools... formal carpenters carry boxes and slung over the shoulder open top tool trays. I even like the streetlight edging into the picture.


Photograph, Cabinet Card

CARPENTRY CREW AT THE RAILROAD STATION. Cabinet Card. Impossible to say if they built the station or are waiting on the next train to go to work. I wonder where they store their tools on the train? This cabinet card is an example of the bad things people do to old photographs. Scratches, pencil lines, dirt all over the place, mouse teeth marks in a corner.