Last rainy weekend was a great day for some Indoor (Historical) Birding--at the Expo Center Antique Show/Sale.
A great find was a 20x24" laquered, framed page of a pair of Passenger Pigeons from a 1911 Calendar by Louis Agassiz Fuertes published by a gun company in Ithaca NY, the home of Cornell Univ. (Yes, Fuerters illustrated many hunting venues in addition to his many, many ornithological pursuits; and did mammals as well).
Of more local interest were 2 17x13" framed photos by William Lovell Finley (1876-1953) (of Finley Refuge fame). These were put out by the large (now) Finlay-Sunset Mortuary in Portland's West Hills; to whose owners he was related. They were apparently put out on an annual basis. This calendar had been for 1935. See attached--my photo of the pictures are a little fuzzy but the originals are not. The photo reproductions are described as 'etchings' but I'm not sure what that means in this sense. They are signed by Finley ('in the plate') but are not offset lithographs (no newspaper-like dots).
Has anyone ever seen any of these calendars?
Finley teamed with HT Bohlman (Sorta like Gabrielson & Jewett) in many birding expeditions in which they used the large, bulky view/plate cameras of the day for bird photography. Their most famous sequence is probably that filmed at a California Condor nesting cave in California. (1906) See the following, but the photos are from Portland Audubon Society.