Dear Jason Philbrook,
It is fun to learn of your interest in Clarence H. White and the "mystique" of the glass globe. I do not really have anything convenient to share with you, however, by way of the talk I gave at the American Historical Association awhile ago. Many of the Pictorialists shared White's interest in the use of that prop, not only for its symbolic content, which is difficult to pinpoint, but more understandably, for its beauty by way of reflecting light. You must know this photo then http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/96502077/
with the model who holds a lens in one hand and a globe in the other. She is a model whom White and Stieglitz worked with together.
I keep collecting examples of the globe used as prop by photographers and have found it still being used today.
Wish I had more to share, and thanks for your e-mail.
From: Jason Philbrook [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 4:28 PM
To: Curtis, Verna
Subject: glass globes
Ms. Curtis; I am a lifelonger learner interested in photo history, and I'd come across this:
where you shared your research or thoughts on the glass globes in pictorialism.
It interests me greatly. Is there any chance you have anything written to go along with this that you could conveniently share? Other people I converse with on the Internet are interested as well.
I'm a big fan of Clarence H White and he used the glass globes a great deal. I enjoy pictorialist photography myself using old lenses, but also get to work in some of the same geography White/Day/students enjoyed in the Georgetown area of Maine.
My gut instincts are that it's a mix of carryover from when shiny things were put into old paintings to show off 3-d skills, and a mix of the affinity of "classical" themes (mythology, archetypes, Christianity, etc..) and it's associated symbolism. I'd be curious to know what you've unraveled.
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