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Lewis Dowe 
[Dowe’s Photograph Rooms, Sycamore, Illinois] 
1860
  
Albumen print 
5 7/8 × 7 5/8 in. (14.9 × 19.3 cm) (image) 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm) (mount) 
  
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
William L. Schaeffer Collection, Promised Gift of Jennifer and Philip Maritz, in celebration of the Museum's 150th Anniversary, Accession Number: ? 
  
 
LL/95722 
  
Above a bustling thoroughfare in Sycamore, Illinois, boldface lettering advertises the services of photographer Lewis Dowe, a portraitist who also published postcards and stereoviews. Easier to miss in the image is a mannequin perched above the awning to promote the studio. The flurry of activity below Dowe’s storefront and the prime location of the outfit, poised between a tailor and a saloon, speak to the important role of photography in town life. 
 

 
  
 
  
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