Howard Clinton Tibbitts: Historic Advertising Photography of the Southwest

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Nov 4 2016 - Jan 21 2017

In 1892, H. C. Tibbitts became a photographer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Based in San Francisco, he traveled extensively  throughout the western half of the US, Mexico and Canada, photographing the landscape and the people across the region. His photographs are dipersed in museums, libraries, and private collections across the country, but many were published in the Southern Pacific's magazine, Sunset. His work has also been featured in postcards and advertisements from the early part of the 20th-century.

This exhibit consists of prints made from 40 original glass plate negatives of Tibbitts' photos taken in the early 1900s. Included are photos of New Mexico's pueblos, scenes of the Santa Fe Railroad, Harvey Houses of the southwest, and other little known and rarely seen locales.

The exhibit will be split between the Branigan Cultural Center and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

  • Photography
  • 20th Century
  • Western
  • Howard Clinton Tibbitts

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