Upstate New York Man Finds Late 19th Century Photography Studio In Secret Attic – CBS New York

GENEVA, NY (CBSNewYork) – A man in New York State found an attic full of priceless photos.

David Whitcomb bought a building for his law firm in Geneva.

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After noticing something strange on the ceiling, he discovered a secret attic.

David Whitcomb bought a building for his law firm in Geneva. After noticing something strange on the ceiling, he discovered a secret attic. (Photo credit: David Whitcomb)

Inside the room are the remains of a photo studio from the late 19th century.

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One of these images was a portrait of suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony, taken by photographer James Hale in 1905.

Other photos and glass negatives suggest the building was used by Hale, who was known for photographing leaders of the women’s rights movement.

Whitcomb works with a local auction house to catalog everything.

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