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The Trowbridge and Beals Photographs digital collection exhibits 51 photographs taken in the 1920s and 1930s of fashionable suburban houses in northern Illinois and Wisconsin by photographers Raymond W. Trowbridge and Jessie Tarbox Beals.

 

Trowbridge (1886-1936) practiced as an architect before he became a photographer in the early 1920s. Beals (1870-1942) left her teaching career in 1900 to become a successful photographer whose photographs appeared in newspapers and prominent publications such as Ladies' Home Journal, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Town and Country. She is regarded as the first woman press photographer. Architects admired the way she photographed their houses and she was in high demand for architectural photography.

 

The houses featured in the digital collection were designed by architects Russell S. Walcott and Robert Work, and by the firm Walcott & Work.

 

Drawings and Documents ArchiveCollege of Architecture and PlanningCollection Guide

 
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