Not an Ordinary Dog: The Story of Bob

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Not an Ordinary Dog: The Story of Bob

In 2012 while cataloging a photograph album complied by Carson Drauker (1895-1971) as part of an NEH-funded ephemera grant, we were first introduced to Bob, the beloved pet of Philadelphia commercial photographer William H. Rau (1855-1920). Work by Rau, whose photographic career spanned five decades, was well-represented in our holdings. We knew he served as photographer for the Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley Railroads, documented various civic events in Philadelphia, and acquired images taken from around the world to supply his enormous lantern slide business, but Bob was not known to us. Draucker who worked in Rau's studio in the early 1920s, created a personal photo album with shots of friends and family and included this charming page honoring Bob and his owner. Page from Carson R. Draucker photograph album. Gelatin silver photographs, ca. 1912.

In 2012 while cataloging a photograph album complied by Carson Drauker (1895-1971) as part of an NEH-funded ephemera grant, we were first introduced to Bob, the beloved pet of Philadelphia commercial photographer William H. Rau (1855-1920). Work by Rau, whose photographic career spanned five decades...

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