Glass Plate Project
Photographs by Frank Day Robinson

circa 1915-1925
Merced County region of Central California

A collection of nearly 600 glass plate negatives from the early 20th. century. The collection consists of studio portraits, outdoor event portraits, landscape and farm scenes. The project involves the digital scanning and restoration of this work to document, organize, and make available these long lost images of life in California's Central Valley during the 1920s.

A number of Robinson's photographs were featured in my 1993 book The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland.

one of the boxes of Cramer glass plates.

Gallery of Frank Robinson Photographs by Subject

Gallery of Glass Plate Scans

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