Vintage: Daguerreotypes of St. Louis from 1848-70 by Thomas Easterly

Vintage: Daguerreotypes of St. Louis from 1848-70 by Thomas Easterly


Thomas Easterly (1809-1882), a native of Vermont, was an itinerant photographer in Iowa and the upper Midwest until 1848 when he settled in St. Louis. He operated a daguerreotype studio in the city until the 1870s. Thomas photographed mostly portrait, but street and urban photography were parts in his work. Here are some rare photographs capturing everyday life in St. Louis from 1848 to 1870 by Thomas Easterly.

Canton Tea Company and Union Fire Company, 1848

Canton Tea Company and Union Fire Company, 1848

Little German band, ca. 1850

Little German band, ca. 1850

Ninth Street looking north from Chestnut, 1852

Ninth Street looking north from Chestnut, 1852

Old Spanish Fort, later Roy’s Mill, Riverfront at foot of Biddle Street, Steamer Wyoming at river bank. Daguerreotype by Thomas M. Easterly, ca. 1850. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Thomas Easterly Collection.

Pacific Railroad locomotive Gasconade, ca. 1855

Pacific Railroad locomotive Gasconade, ca. 1855

St. Louis Court House, ca. 1851

St. Louis Court House, ca. 1851

St. Louis levee, 1853

St. Louis levee, 1853

Chouteau’s Pond, South to Eight and Gratiot, 18 July 1851. Daguerreotype by Thomas M. Easterly, 1851. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Thomas Easterly Collection.

St. Louis Park Beer Garden, South Broadway, ca. 1860

St. Louis Park Beer Garden, South Broadway, ca. 1860

Third Street looking North from Olive, ca. 1854

Third Street looking North from Olive, ca. 1854

Big Mound during destruction, 1869

Big Mound during destruction, 1869

Chouteau's Pond, ca. 1854

Chouteau’s Pond, ca. 1854

Chouteau's Pond, view south from 8th and Clark Streets, 1850

Chouteau’s Pond, view south from 8th and Clark Streets, 1850

Cracker Castle, ca. 1866

Cracker Castle, ca. 1866

Fourth and Olive Streets, ca. 1851

Fourth and Olive Streets, ca. 1851

Fourth Street Looking north from Olive, 1870

Fourth Street Looking north from Olive, 1870


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