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Historic Galveston, on Display – “Galveston Photography 1860-1890”


“Galveston Photography 1860-1890” on Exhibit:

The Earliest Known Photographs Taken By Sache & Potter Studio In 1861

Rosenberg Library proudly announces its newest exhibit: “Galveston Photography, 1860-1890.”

The exhibit will include the earliest known photographs of downtown Galveston which were taken by Sache & Potter Studio in 1861, just before the Civil War.  Other images include the aftermath of a devastating hurricane that struck the island in October 1867 as well as damage from a downtown fire in 1877. One of the most striking images in the exhibit is a photograph of three men in a canoe resting above a frozen Galveston Bay after a winter storm in 1886.

Other interesting images are stereographs created by Galveston photographer P.H. Rose in the mid-1880s.  Stereographs are double images from slightly different perspectives which appear as a single, three-dimensional image when viewed with a stereoscope.  Special viewing lenses will be available in the exhibit gallery so that these photos can be seen as originally intended by the photographer.

“Galveston Photography 1860-1890” is on display through December 31st, 2018.  

The exhibit is located in Rosenberg Library’s Harris Gallery on the library’s fourth floor and can be viewed Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm.  Admission to the museum galleries is always free. Rosenberg Library is located at 2310 Sealy, Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854, ext. 125 or email

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