FRAMED PHOTO OF LICENSED BATTLEFIELD GUIDE AT DEVIL’S DEN BY MUMPER PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

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Item Code: 635-510

From guiding’s official incarnation in October of 1916 to present day, touring the Gettysburg Battlefield via the guidance of an official member of the Licensed Battlefield Association is a staple to the historical community.  Visits to the now infamous site began in the days directly following the battle and became increasingly popular in the proceeding years calling for an official organization to tell a cohesive story of the site.  Pictured here is a family embarking on one of those early tours.  Leaning on the car is an early battlefield guide, whose name is unknown.  The driver, in accordance with a brief description on the back of the photograph, is a “Mr. Hubley.” The description also includes the driver, who is noted as “William Henry (Pidgie),” and the members of his family who are listed left to right, a “Marguerite, Ruth, Pauline, and Julia.”

The photo was taken by local photographer Levi Mumper of Mumper Studios, established 1864.  Mumper was a veteran who served with the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company I, 127th Regiment.  He mustered out of service in 1863 and settled in Gettysburg shortly thereafter studying photography with local photographers Charles and Isaac Tyson.  His first studio was located on Middle Street, then would relocate to Baltimore Street and serve the Gettysburg community, under the direction of his sons, well into the 1940s.

The frame measures 11 ¼” x 9 ¼” and the image measures 6 ½” x 4 ¾”.  The frame is wooden and some gold gilt still remains.  The image is in good condition.  On reverse, the joints are gently pulled due to age. The matting of the image is secured with four, original nails.  The back of the matting has foxing and some scratches with a handwritten description of the photo.  [ad] [ph:L]

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