Monday, August 6, 2012
The Burgert Brothers of Tampa, Florida
Take a close look at the lower right hand corner to see the photographers mark, "photo by Burgert Bros. Tampa 360316" Photography and the United States have an interesting history. Unlike Europe, a lot of American history happened after the invention of photography. There were the big things. The Civil War was well documented by photographers like Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner who followed the campaigns with their large format cameras, while the individual soldiers went in for tintypes and cartes de visite to send back home.
The Burgert family represented a very different type of history. The first Burgert, Samuel, showed up in the Tampa area of Florida when it was little more than a local, sparsely populated fishing port. For ninety years, from the 1870s to the 1960s, the family recorded the rise of a major urban area. The Burgert Bros, were Samuel's six sons as well as one daughter-in-law. They took portraits, pictures of businesses, hurricane damage, and anything else that came along. I found a great article, with pictures, at www.tampapix.com/burgert.htm
The Florida Lumber and Millwork Association was founded in 1920 as a trade group and is now known as the Florida Building Material Association.