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About this collection

This is a collection of some of the photography of Guillermo Thorn taken of the residents, scenery, and buildings in Plainfield, NJ and the surrounding area.

Born in Durham, New York, in 1837, just two years prior to the invention of photography, Guillermo Thorn grew up in a time when photography was in its infancy.

While visiting a photography studio in order to get a picture for a locket, Thorn first considered the idea of a career in photography. Thorn gave up a brief career as a drawing and painting teacher and opened his first studio in Saugerties, New York, in the 1850s.

 

 
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