42 – Meet Gertrude Saÿen – Part 1

In today’s episode, Sarah Weatherwax, Curator of Prints and Photographs from The Library Company in Philadelphia, introduces us to Gertrude Sayen, an early 20th century artisan photographer who specialized in artistic portraits of children.
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A big thank you to Sarah Weatherwax from The Library Company of Philadelphia for joining me today to introduce you to wonderful work of Gertrude Saÿen, an early 20th century photographer from Philadelphia.  Today’s episode is just part 1 of my conversation with Sarah; look for the rest of Gertrude’s story in the next episode.

Here are some examples mentioned in the episode of Gertrude Saÿens’s beautiful photo book:

  1. 1920 Betty Ann Hunt photo book (courtesy The Library Company of Philadelphia).
    Photobook cover by Gertrude Sayen, 1920 (Courtesy The Library Company of Philadelphia)
    Photobook cover by Gertrude Sayen, 1920 (Courtesy The Library Company of Philadelphia)

     

    Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1920 (Courtesy The Library Company of Philadelphia)
    Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1920 (Courtesy The Library Company of Philadelphia)

     

  2. 1925 Herbert Dwight Holcomb, Jr.,  the one my  husband and I found on eBay last year.
Cover of 1925 photo book for Herbert Holcombe; photos by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Cover of 1925 photo book for Herbert Holcombe; photos by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Photo of a boy and a toy horse; from Herbert Holcombe photo book by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Photo of a boy and a toy horse; from Herbert Holcombe photo book by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Photo of a boy and a toy boat; from Herbert Holcombe photo book by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Photo of a boy and a toy boat; from Herbert Holcombe photo book by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)

Note that Gertrude Saÿen’s photographer mark/stamp on the last page of Herbert’s book is the same as the one found in Betty Ann’s book, even though the covers are different.

Back cover of 1925 photo book for Herbert Holcombe; photos by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)
Back cover of 1925 photo book for Herbert Holcombe; photos by Gertrude Sayen (Photo by Gertrude Sayen, 1925 (Mcintyre-Culy collection)

 


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You’re listening to Photographs, Pistols & Parasols.

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Welcome to Photographs, Pistols & Parasols, the podcast where we celebrate early women artisan photographers.

I’m your host, Lee McIntyre.

In today’s episode,

In today’s episode, I’m excited to bring you part one of my conversation with Sarah Weatherwax, curator of Prints and Photographs at The Library Company of Philadelphia, as we talk about the wonderful early 20th century photographer, Gertrude Saÿen of Philadelphia.

For more information about any of the women discussed in today’s episode, visit my website at p3photographers.net.

That’s letter “p”, number “3”, photographers “dot” net.

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Hi, everybody. In today’s episode, I want to bring you something special. We’re going to be talking about an early woman photographer from the early 20th century named Gertrude Saÿen.

But what makes this particularly special is that her collection, or at least the contents from her studio, are actually held at a place called The Library Company of Philadelphia. And I recently had the pleasure of talking with a curator there, Sarah Weatherwax, to learn more about Gertrude Sayen.

And so today, and in the next episode, I’m going to bring you my conversation with Sarah, as we discuss the photography — and the extraordinary story — of the life of Gertrude Sayen.

First, I’m going to let Sarah introduce herself.

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[June 15, 2019: The rest of the transcript is unavoidably delayed – it’s coming soon!]

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But that’s it for today. Thanks as always for stopping by!

Until next time, I’m Lee and this is Photographs, Pistols & Parasols.

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