My great-grandfather’s brother, Thomas Cation (T.C.) Duncan was a prominent homeopathic doctor in Chicago is the late 1800s. He made a trip with patients to Santa Fe, New Mexico in March 1891. I put more of that story and more photos on my genealogy blog.
T.C. took many photos and a few have survived. They are circular images on heavy cardboard, probably filmed with a Kodak No. 2 camera. This is a fascinating camera – it held 60, 100, or 150 exposures and the film was loaded and processed at the factory.
Last weekend I tried to duplicate his photo of St. Michael’s Mission, but could not get the same angle and distance. Santa Fe has grown considerably!
Also in T.C.’s photo on the left is a small blocky building. This is the De Vargas Street house, built in 1646. Here’s a current photo.