Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Husher, Edwin H.[1, 2, 3]


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  • Name Husher, Edwin H. 
    • VARIANT NAME: E.H. Husher & Company.
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1887-1889  San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) Jul 1889  Glacier Bay, Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) ca. 1892-1902  Detroit, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Association Taber, Isaiah West (Relationship: Employee) 
    Association Detroit Photographic Company (Relationship: Owner) 
    Person ID I710  Camera Workers | H, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2016 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial (visit).
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A California native, he worked for I.W. Taber & Company and was reported to have visited Glacier Bay in Jul 1889 where he might have taken a photograph of the mirage known as The Silent City. This image was published in Chapter 10 of Badlam's aptly titled The Wonders of Alaska (1891).

      Husher's adventurous spirit was revealed in April 1887 when he made a balloon ascent over San Francisco on behalf of his employer. The Photographic News reported on his trip in its 8 Jul 1887 issue.

      In 1888, a year before he visited Alaska, Husher was employed as a photographer on an archaeological expedition to the American Southwest.

      Husher went on to found the Detroit Photograpic (Publishing) Company in 1895 which introduced the Photochrom colour photomechanical printing process into the U.S. Husher left the company in 1902 and it went bankrupt in 1924 and closed in 1932. [6, 7, 8, 9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S147] COLLECTION: LOC (Reliability: 3), 29 Dec 2016.
      Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, Detroit Publishing Company; URL (accessed 29 Dec 2016):

    2. [S713] (Sitka) The Alaskan, 3, 27 Jul 1889.

    3. [S189] Badlam (1891), Badlam, Alexander, (San Francisco, Calif.: Published for the Author, 1891), opposite p. 136, 29 Dec 2016.
      Photo caption: "Taber's Silent City, Glacier Bay. Said to have been photographed in July, 1889."
      Badlam also wrote (p. 135): "I.W. Taber, the reliable photographer, has shown his usual enterprise in these matters, and has sent a competent artist out with his pan of quicksilver and thinks he has corroborated the theory of a Phantom City being seen under the dirty waters of Glacier Bay, seven hundred feet below the surface, by simply looking into a pan of quicksilver with a magnifying glass."

    4. [S867] Warner (1893), ed. by Charles Forbes Warner, (Northampton, MA: Picturesque Publishing Co.), 34 (Reliability: 3), 29 Dec 2016.

    5. [S868] Detroit of To-day, (Detroit and Chicago: Phoenix Publishing Co.), 153 (Reliability: 3), 29 Dec 2016.
      Published in 1893, the text states he took over an existing photographic firm as its sole proprietor "a little over a year ago."

    6. [S864] Photography and the Development of the American West (Web site) (Reliability: 3), 29 Dec 2016.
      "Photochrom/Phostint, Detroit Photographic/Detroit Publishing Company", presentation to the San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club, 29 Jun 2013. The author is not identified.

    7. [S865] Hinsley and Wilcox (2002), edited by Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox, (University of Arizona Press, 2002), xxvi (Reliability: 3), 29 Dec 2016.

    8. [S866] Photographic News, (Cassell, Petter and Galpin), vol. 31, p. 419 (Reliability: 3), 8 Jul 1887.
      URL (accessed 29 Dec 2016):

    9. [S868] Detroit of To-day, (Detroit and Chicago: Phoenix Publishing Co.), 153 (Reliability: 3), 29 Dec 2016.
      "E.H. Husher & Co."