Team Norsigian Announces The Discovery Of 81 Earl Brooks Photographs in Delaware Museum Archives

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Large Group of Earl Brooks Photographs Revealed

Today, Team Norsigian announced the discovery of 81 photographic images by photographer Earl Brooks. The full trove of his images can be found here—Digital Archives of Hagley Museum and Library, located in Wilmington, Delaware. None of the images in the archives are of landscapes. The images consist of portraits of individuals and groups including a portrait of a member of the DuPont family. According to the archive's cataloguing system, the back of each image is labeled "Earl Brooks" or "Brooks Studio."

In its continuing investigative efforts into the "Uncle Earl" Theory, Team Norsigian also announced that it will be publishing an upcoming research report on Earl Brooks (accessible here in the very near future: Report on Earl Brooks), which will provide detailed information about his interesting life and career. For example, he was born on November 22, 1897 in Visalia, California and that he died on March 10, 1978 in West Haven, Connecticut at the age of 80. This record is contrary to the statements of Marian Walton, the Oakland woman who is allegedly in possession of unsigned Earl Brooks prints. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Walton said she last saw her uncle in the late 1930s, when she and her parents paid a visit to the ailing man in Visalia, not long before his death." (Los Angeles Times Article). One of Brooks' grandchildren, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "I don't know why she would say that, it is possible that her family lost touch with the Brooks."

By 1916, Earl Brooks had established Brooks Studios, a commercial photography business, on the East Coast and was identifying his works as "Portrait by Earl Brooks, Arden, Delaware." He later moved his business to Wilmington. Brooks' grandchild also informed Team Norsigian that she has discovered a camera that she believes Earl Brooks may have used—a Kodak box camera (Model # Junior Six-16), which captures images on film, not glass. All of the images in the Norsigian Collection were captured on large glass negatives.

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