Each month, the Courier-Post takes a look at items and their back stories not often seen by the public from the archives of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
As mentioned last month, local photographer Anna Schnizlein took her camera to capture Mark Twain on his last visit in 1902. Her grand-nephew, Norman Schnizlein, donated the camera and glass plate negatives to the museum.
The camera is a 1899 Kodak No. 4 Bullet Special that took glass plates. Shortly after receiving the camera, modern photographic film was placed in the holders and the camera took a remarkably good photograph of the Boyhood Home.
Here is another of the candid shots Anna Schnizlein took on May 30, 1920. This shows that the portrait setting for Herbert Tomlinson drew a crowd of spectators.