Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History (PAMoPH). I found it by accident while researching the area on Google Maps a month or so prior to the visit. I am so glad that I found this place, as it happens that I had about 25 4x5 glass plates of the Pittsburgh area that were taken about 100 years ago, and they needed a proper home. The Photo Antiquities Museum was the perfect place for them, and the museum was definitely interested in my donation.
|Bruce Klein, our host|
First of all, museums devoted to the techniques and tools of photography are few. I know only of Eastman House in Rochester, NY and the Argus Museum in Ann Arbor, MI, where anything significant about the history of photography and the hardware can be seen. While in a relatively small space, the PAMoPH is full of historical gems, from Daguerreotypes to ambrotypes, albumin prints and lantern slides. The exhibit cases are well-lit, enabling one to see the various images and cameras, etc. There is also an exhibit downstairs that is titled Lincoln In Pittsburgh, which runs through the summer. The museum is really strong in Civil War era photography and photos on glass, and the Pittsburgh area (which is why I donated the plates to them).
|How a view camera works.|
|loads of vintage Kodaks in all colors!|
|Lots to see and digest|
|Not many Argus cameras!|