Black Brook Notch

PhotographerE. F. Whitmore

CountryUnited States


JournalThe American Amateur Photographer 1890

AtelierMoss Engraving Co. (New York), Lewiston Journal Press (Maine)


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Landscape, Mountains


Image Dimensions: 10.5 x 14.0 cm January
Support Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.4 cm

Described as a Mosstype because the plate comes from a block engraved by the New York based firm The Moss Engraving Company, this Maine landscape view by American amateur photographer Edward F. Whitmore was taken as part of an expedition to the Rangely Lake region of Maine by Whitmore that he writes about in the pages of the January, 1890 issue. An excerpt:


The Rangely Lake region has many charms for the sportsman in its abundance of trout and plentiful supply of game, but to the photographically inclined sportsman it has a double interest, for added to its sport with rod and gun it offers many opportunities for the use of the camera….Leaving this spot we proceed along the lake road and rounding the hill, “Black Brook Notch” bursts upon us in all its glory with the high mountains on either side and the half hidden road winding between. High up on the right may be seen the masses of rock and earth which have slid down from the face of the cliff, giving rise to the story of the Devil bursting his apron-string and scattering the contents through the valley.  (pp. 4-5)



In 1890, Edward F. Whitmore was listed as the Treasurer for the Putnam, CT Camera Club. (The International Annual of Anthony’s Photographic Bulletin)

Black Brook Notch