Lyon, Shorb & Company Photographs



What's online?

The Lyon, Shorb & Company online collection contains cartes de viste — mass-produced portraits on cardboard backings —of company iron workers posed in stances from 1860 through 1867. The images show male workers dressed in both work and formal attire; these types of photographs were seldom taken during the period.

What’s in the entire collection?

The collection, held by the Library & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, is comprised of 282 cartes de viste, a majority of which were shot at the Cargo Photographic Rooms of Pittsburgh between 1860 and 1867. At least three were taken at other photographic studios outside of Pittsburgh, which show agents from New York and Saint Louis. All but seven of the images are identified.

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