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 Guide to the The Belle Brezing Photographic Collection,  1868-1983 
 
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 Guide to the The Belle Brezing Photographic Collection,  1868-1983 
 
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 Lexington, KY 40506-0039 
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 277 online images 
 
 
 The Belle Brezing Photographic Collection, 
 
 2003AV1 
 
 Brezing, Belle, 1860-1940 
 
 
 Thompson, Elmer Ira "Buddy", 1920-1996 
 
 
 1 cu. ft. (2 boxes): 277 items 
 
 The materials are in  English. 
 
 
 University of Kentucky Special Collections 
 
 Lexington, Kentucky 40506 
 
 
 1868-1983 
 
 
 Collection is open to researchers by appointment. 
 
 
 Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. 
 
 
 [Identification of item], The Belle Brezing Photographic Collection, 2003AV1, Special Collections, University of Kentucky. 
 
 
 
 The Belle Brezing Photographic Collection  is a portion of the  E. I. "Buddy" Thompson Papers .  Thompson relates in  Madam Belle Brezing , that in the process of preparing for the 1940 estate sale, many of the photographs found in the house were ripped into pieces before they were thrown away.  Even the tintypes, too tough to be ripped, were bent in half to mar the images.  Joe Jordan, writer for the  Lexington Leader , and J. C. "Skeets" Meadors, a local photographer, rescued the torn photographs from the trash.  They have been digitally reassembled for presentation in this finding aid. 
 J. C. "Skeets" Meadors is also credited with a number of the copy prints of original items that are not in this collection.  It is not known what became of the originals. 
 
 
 
 Brezing, Belle, 1860-1940 
 Thompson, Elmer Ira "Buddy", 1920-1996 
 Prostitutes--Kentucky-Biography 
 
 
 Belle Brezing (aka: Belle Breezing, Belle Breazing) 
 Mary Belle Cox was born on June 16, 1860, in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the second illegitimate daughter of Sarah Ann Cox, dressmaker and occasional prostitute. A year later, Sarah Ann Cox married George Brezing, local saloon owner, and Mary Belle and her sister Hester's last name were changed to Brezing. The Brezing marriage was frequently abusive, with drunken rages and infidelity eventually leading to their divorce in 1866. George Brezing left Lexington a year later. After a short affair with a man named William McMeekin, Sarah Ann changed her and the children's names to McMeekin and began to refer to her self as a widow. 
 In 1872, a year after her sister Hester had married and moved out of the family home, Brezing was seduced by a 36-year-old man named Dionesio Mucci. Twelve-years-old was the age of consent at the time in Kentucky, and there were no legal ramifications for Mucci. The relationship lasted at least until 1874, when Brezing was given a scrapbook by Mucci for Valentine's Day. By age 15, Brezing was pregnant, and having sexual relations with at least three men: Dionesio Mucci, James Kenney, and John Andrew Cook. Brezing married Kenney, September 14, 1875. So notorious was Brezing's reputation at the time, the  Lexington Daily Press  ran a mocking wedding announcement. Just nine days later, Cook was found dead outside Brezing's back gate, shot in the head with Sarah Ann's derringer, and with love notes from Brezing and a photograph of her in his pockets. Shortly after Cook's death, a memorial poem written by Brezing appeared in the  Lexington Daily Press . 
 James Kenney left town a few days later; there is no record of she and Kenney ever getting divorced, but there is no evidence they ever contacted each other again. Brezing's only child, Daisy May Kenney was born March 14, 1876. Two months later, Brezing's mother died, and she and Daisy May were evicted. Daisy May was placed with a neighbor, Mrs. Barnett. At some point during the next two years, Brezing became a prostitute. 
 On December 24, 1879, Brezing began to work for Jennie Hill, a madam who ran a brothel out of the Mary Todd Lincoln house at 578 West Main St. Brezing worked there for two years until she had saved enough money to start her own house and assume the position of madam. During this time, Daisy May continued to live with Mrs. Barnett, with Brezing supplying a stipend for her support. 
 Brezing opened her first brothel in a row house at what is now 314-318 North Upper St. Around this time, Brezing was indicted on the charge of "keeping a bawdy house." Kentucky Governor Luke P. Blackburn (1879-1883) pardoned Brezing and the indictment was dismissed. This was the closest Brezing ever got to serving jail time. Brezing miscarried a child during her first year at the house. It was also discovered that Daisy May was developmentally challenged and would have to be institutionalized for the remainder of her life. Daisy May Kenney entered a Catholic run institution under the name Daisy Barnett. 
 Brezing opened her second brothel in 1883. She purchased a free-standing house at 194 North Upper St., not too far from the row house. In the late 1880s, mounting public pressure began closing the brothels along North Upper St. With a loan from William M. Singerly, Brezing bought what would become her most famous brothel. 
 Brezing opened her third brothel at 59 Megowan St. (currently the southern corner of Wilson St. and Eastern Ave.). It was lavishly appointed and decorated in almost a parody of the cluttered Victorian style. The area around the house was referred to as "the hill," and Brezing wasn't the only brothel in the area, but certainly the most expensive and popular. Brezing attracted clientele from all over the nation who visited Lexington for its horse breeding and racing industries. During this time, William "Billy" Mabon entered Brezing's life. He became her male companion until his death in 1917. He worked for the Water Company in Lexington, and was the brother-in-law to Colonel Richard C. Morgan. 
 In 1895, 59 Megowan's attic space caught fire, and Brezing took the opportunity to expand the house to three stories and added a side entrance. The house was painted white to cover the fact that different colors of brick were used in construction. It was also around this time that Brezing became addicted to morphine. 
 During the Spanish-American War in 1898, soldiers billeted in Lexington visited Brezing's house and spread her reputation even further around the country. She eventually even appeared as the character Belle Watling in Margaret Mitchell's  Gone With The Wind . Margaret Mitchell's husband, John, attended Transylvania University and worked as a writer for the  Lexington Leader . Although it was always denied, once even in writing, research after Mitchell's death proves that the stories she heard from John about Brezing were the models for Watling.  Anne Edwards' 1983 work,  The Road to Tara , discusses the link between Watling and Brezing. (1) 
 During World War I, U.S. Army again billeted and trained soldiers in the Lexington area. But this time, the temperance movement was in full swing and public opinion was focused on "vice." Under orders from the Army, the brothels on "the hill" were closed in 1915. In 1918, they slowly began to reopen, but Brezing never did. Classified an "incurable" and receiving morphine under a doctor's prescription, Brezing lived quietly in 59 Megowan St. She died August 11, 1940 of advanced uterine cancer, at the age of 80. Her fame was still wide-spread; her obituary appeared in  Time  magazine. Belle Brezing is buried in Lexington's Calvary Cemetery, beside her mother.  
 After Brezing's death, an estate auction was arranged for the benefit of Daisy May. Huge crowds attended the sale and it required three days to auction the contents of 59 Megowan St. (now 153 North Eastern Ave.) The house was sold some months later. In 1973, a fire gutted the third floor of the building. It was decided to demolish the house rather than rebuild. Another auction was held, to sell architectural details. Even the bricks were sold as souvenirs. 
 Note: The correct spelling of Belle's last name is "Brezing." During her lifetime, "Breezing" became an accepted spelling, and Belle used it herself from time to time. "Breazing" also slipped into usage. Some bank accounts also had her legal name as "Mrs. James C. Kenney," which was occasionally spelled "Kinney." When Brezing traveled, she often registered at hotels under the Kenney name. Her name and date of birth are both incorrect on her gravestone. 
 Note: The information for this biographical sketch was derived from E. I. "Buddy" Thompson's  Madam Belle Brezing , the only full length work on Brezing. 
 1. Edwards, Anne.  The Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell . New Haven, CT: Ticknor & Fields, 1983. 
 Elmer Ira "Buddy" Thompson 
 "Buddy" Thompson was born in Maysville, Kentucky in 1920 and moved to Lexington as a child. Thompson was an aerial photographer during World War II, and recounts his experiences in his book,  A Soldier Boy's Adventure . Thompson and Jim Riley opened the auctioneering company, Thompson & Riley. Through the auction house, Thompson became interested in local history, and formed his own publishing company, Buggy Whip Press, to print his work. Thompson produced work on the Mulligan Family of Lexington, and  Pony Lady , a look at the life of Olivia Israel.  Madam Belle Brezing , Thompson's most famous work, was published in 1983. He was a founding member of the Lexington-Fayette Historic Commission, the president of the Civil War Round Table, and a member of both the Kentucky Historical Society and The Filson Club. He was also very active in the community, serving as president for Big Brothers of Lexington, the Civitan Club, and the Sertoma Club. He died in 1996. 
 
 
 The collection consists of two hundred and seventy-seven photographic prints collected or created by E. I. "Buddy" Thompson in connection with the writing of his 1983 book,  Madam Belle Brezing . One hundred and fifty items were in the personal collection of Belle Brezing. They include albumen, tintypes, and chloride or bromide DOP/POP prints, all popular studio processes of the time. Nineteen black and white silver prints cover Brezing's estate auction in 1940. Sixty-one black and white and color snapshots document the 1974 architectural details auction that preceded the demolition of the house after a fire. The remaining forty-seven photographs consists of copy prints and original photographic materials collected and generated by E. I. "Buddy" Thompson for inclusion in  Madam Belle Brezing . 
 
 
 
 Related Material 
 Coleman, J. Winston.  Belle Breezing: a famous Lexington bawd . Lexington, KY: Winburn Press, 1980. 
 Edwards, Anne.  The Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell . New Haven, CT: Ticknor & Fields, 1983. 
 Pack, Jamie Hawks.  The fashion of a madam: a material culture analysis of garments from the Belle Brezing Collection . Lexington, KY.: University of Kentucky Thesis, 1992. 
 Thompson, Buddy.  Madam Belle Brezing . Lexington, KY: Buggy Whip Press, 1983. 
 Townsend, William H.  The most orderly of disorderly houses . Lexington, KY: s.n., 1966. 
 
 
 
 Container List 
 
 
 Belle Brezing Personal Collection 
 
 
 The series consists of one hundred and fifty items from the personal collection of Belle Brezing. They include albumen, tintypes, and chloride/bromide DOP/POP prints, popular studio processes of the time. 
 Arrangement:  Belle Brezing Portraits; Jennie Hill Portrait; 194 N. Upper St.; 59 Megowan St.; 59 Megowan St., 1890; 59 Megowan St., 1895; 1874 Scrapbook; Tintypes; Women (Undamaged); Women (Damaged, Reassembled); Women (Damaged, Partially Reassembled); Women (Damaged, Fragmentary); Men (Damaged); Children (Damaged); Buildings (Damaged) 
 
 
 
 Belle Brezing Portraits 
 
 
 
 1 
 1 
 Belle Brezing in a black gown, 
 
 13 x 7, mounted albumen 
 1880s 
 
 
 
 1 
 2 
 Belle Brezing, about eight years old, 
 
 4 x 2, hand-tinted tintype 
 1868 
 
 
 
 
 Jennie Hill Portrait 
 
 
 
 1 
 3 
 Jennie Hill, Belle Brezing's first and only madam (1879-1881), ran a bordello out of the Mary Todd Lincoln home on Main St., 
 
 7.5 x 4, chloride DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 194 N. Upper St. 
 
 
 
 1 
 4 
 194 N. Upper St., Belle Brezing's second bordello, 1883-1889, 
 
 8 x 10, mounted albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 59 Megowan St. 
 
 
 
 1 
 5 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, exterior, 
 
 3.25 x 3.25, mounted chloride DOP/POP 
 pre-1895 
 
 
 
 1 
 6 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, exterior; the third floor was added after the 1895 fire and the entire house was painted white to hide the different colors of brick, 
 
 5 x 7, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 post-1895 
 
 
 
 
 59 Megowan St., 1890 
 
 
 
 1 
 7 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; Brezing in her private parlor, 
 
 8 x 10, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1890 
 
 
 
 1 
 8 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; one of the downstairs parlors, 
 
 8 x 10, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1890 
 
 
 
 1 
 9 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; one of the downstairs parlors, 
 
 8 x 10, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1890 
 
 
 
 1 
 10 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; one of the "girl's rooms", 
 
 8 x 10, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1890 
 
 
 
 
 59 Megowan St., 1895 
 
 
 
 1 
 11 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; Brezing's private parlor, 
 
 4 x 5, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1895 
 
 
 
 1 
 12 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; Brezing's private parlor, 
 
 4 x 5, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1895 
 
 
 
 1 
 13 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; Brezing's private parlor; the seated man is Billy Mabon, Brezing's lover until his death in 1917, 
 
 4 x 5, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1895 
 
 
 
 1 
 14 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; Brezing's private sitting room, 
 
 4 x 5, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1895 
 
 
 
 1 
 15 
 59 Megowan St., Belle Brezing's third and most famous bordello, 1889-1917; Brezing occupied the house until her death in 1940, interior; Brezing's bedroom, 
 
 4 x 5, mounted bromide DOP/POP 
 1895 
 
 
 
 
 1874 Scrapbook 
 
 
 
 1 
 16 
 Horse carriage, 
 
 2.5 x 4, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 17 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2 x 3, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 18 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 4, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 19 
 Two African-American boys, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 20 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 4, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 21 
 Unidentified infant, 
 
 2.5 x 4, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 22 
 General Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) and wife, Lavinia Warren; wedding picture, 
 
 2.5 x 4, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 23 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 4, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 24 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 4, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 25 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 1.5 x 2, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 26 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 1.5 x 2, albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Tintypes 
 
 
 
 1 
 27 
 Two unidentified women, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 28 
 Two unidentified women, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 29 
 Two unidentified women, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 30 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 31 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 32 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 33 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 34 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 35 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 36 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 37 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 38 
 Six unidentified men, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 39 
 Three unidentified men, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 40 
 Two unidentified men, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 41 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 42 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 43 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 44 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 45 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 46 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 47 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 48 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 49 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 50 
 Unidentified infant, 
 
 2.5 x 3.5, tintype 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Women, Undamaged 
 
 
 
 1 
 51 
 "Lottie Brown"; handwritten in pencil on the back of the photo, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 52 
 Lottie Brown, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 53 
 Fannie Davis (Fannie Parshall), 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 54 
 "Georgia Lee"; handwritten in pencil on the back of the photo, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 55 
 Zula Zelnick; The Circassian Queen, 
 
 3.5 x 2.5 albumen carte-de-visite 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Women, Damaged, Reassembled 
 
 
 
 1 
 56 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 57 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, albumen cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 58 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 59 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 60 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 61 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, chloride DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 62 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 63 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, albumen cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 64 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, chloride DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 65 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, albumen cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 66 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 8.5 x 6, hand painted plain paper print 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Women, Damaged, Partially Reassembled 
 
 
 
 1 
 67 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 68 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 69 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 70 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 71 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 72 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 73 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 74 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 6 x 4, bromide DOP/POP cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 75 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 11.5 x 5.5, albumen cabinet card 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Women, Damaged, Fragmentary 
 
 
 
 1 
 76 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 77 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 78 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 79 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 80 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 81 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 82 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 83 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Chloride DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 84 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 85 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 86 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 87 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 88 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 89 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 90 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 91 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Chloride DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 92 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 93 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 94 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 95 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 96 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 97 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 98 
 Unidentified woman; handwritten in pencil on back of photo: "[FIVE OBSCURED WORDS] blue gray eyes.  brown hair white drapery pearl beads", 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 99 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 100 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 101 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 102 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 103 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 104 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 105 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 106 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 107 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Chloride DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 108 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 109 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 110 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Chloride DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 111 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 112 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 113 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 114 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 115 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 116 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 117 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 118 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 119 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 120 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 121 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 1 
 122 
 Unidentified woman, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Men, Damaged 
 
 
 
 2 
 123 
 Unidentified man, military uniform, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 124 
 Unidentified man, same individual as #125, 
 
 Albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 125 
 Unidentified man, same individual as #124; handwritten in ink on the back of the photo: "you looked out the other side of this---", 
 
 Chloride DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 126 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 127 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 128 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 129 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 130 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 131 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 132 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 133 
 Unidentified man; printed on reverse of card stock sheet as #134, 
 
 Albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 134 
 Unidentified man; printed on reverse of card stock sheet as #134, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 135 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 136 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 137 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 138 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 139 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 140 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 141 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Chloride DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 142 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Chloride DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 143 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 144 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 145 
 Unidentified man, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Children, Damaged 
 
 
 
 2 
 146 
 Two unidentified children, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 147 
 Unidentified child, 
 
 Albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 148 
 Unidentified child, 
 
 Albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 2 
 149 
 Unidentified child, 
 
 Albumen 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 Buildings, Damaged 
 
 
 
 2 
 150 
 Unknown house, 
 
 Bromide DOP/DOP 
 [n.d.] 
 
 
 
 
 
 1940 
 
 
 The series consists of nineteen black and white silver prints that document Brezing's estate auction in 1940. 
 Arrangement:  House Tour;  Estate Auction 
 
 
 
 House Tour 
 
 
 
 2 
 151 
 59 Megowan St.; cabinet with vases and statues, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 152 
 59 Megowan St.; parlor, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 153 
 59 Megowan St.; looking down the stair well, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 154 
 59 Megowan St.; wine room, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 155 
 59 Megowan St.; dresser, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 156 
 59 Megowan St.; foot of stairs, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 157 
 59 Megowan St.; bed in which Brezing died; variant of #158, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 158 
 59 Megowan St.; bed in which Brezing died; variant of #157, 
 
 8 x 10, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 159 
 59 Megowan St.; parlor, 
 
 8 x 10, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 160 
 59 Megowan St.; foot of stairs, 
 
 8 x 10, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 161 
 59 Megowan St.; bookcase, 
 
 8 x 10, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 162 
 59 Megowan St.; side entrance to house, 
 
 8 x 10, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 
 Estate Auction 
 
 
 
 2 
 163 
 Crowd gathered for auction of Brezing furniture and personal memorabilia, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 164 
 Crowd gathered for auction of Brezing furniture and personal memorabilia, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 165 
 Crowd gathered for auction of Brezing furniture and personal memorabilia, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 166 
 Crowd gathered for auction of Brezing furniture and personal memorabilia, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 167 
 Crowd gathered for auction of Brezing furniture and personal memorabilia, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 168 
 Crowd gathered for auction of Brezing furniture and personal memorabilia, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 2 
 169 
 Crowd gathered for auction of Brezing furniture and personal memorabilia, 
 
 5 x 7, black and white silver print 
 1940 
 
 
 
 
 
 1973-1974 
 
 
 The series consists of sixty-one black and white and color snapshots document the 1974 architectural details auction that preceded the demolition of the house after a fire. 
 59 Megowan before 1973 Fire; Architectural details of 59 Megowan St.; Architectural details of 59 Megowan St., 2nd set; Architectural details Auction 
 
 
 
 59 Megowan before 1973 Fire 
 
 
 
 2 
 170 
 59 Megowan St., exterior from opposite street corner, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 171 
 59 Megowan St., exterior from opposite street corner, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 172 
 59 Megowan St., exterior from opposite street corner, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 173 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, left corner, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 174 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, rear of house, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 175 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, rear of house, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 176 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, rear of house, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 177 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, right corner, includes store across street, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 178 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, detail of wall, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 179 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, detail of wall, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 180 
 59 Megowan St., exterior, house adjacent to rear of building, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 181 
 59 Megowan St., row of houses near building, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 2 
 182 
 59 Megowan St., row of houses near building, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, Black and white silver print 
 pre-1973 
 
 
 
 
 Architectural details of 59 Megowan St. 
 
 
 
 2 
 183 
 59 Megowan St., side entrance, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 184 
 59 Megowan St., mantle, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 185 
 59 Megowan St., mantle and  mirror, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 186 
 59 Megowan St., mirror over mantle, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 187 
 59 Megowan St., mirror, mantle and window, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 188 
 59 Megowan St., mantle, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 189 
 59 Megowan St., mantle, removed from wall, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 190 
 59 Megowan St., floor tiles, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 191 
 59 Megowan St., window, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 192 
 59 Megowan St., window and wall, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 193 
 59 Megowan St., wall, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 194 
 59 Megowan St., wall and door, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 195 
 59 Megowan St., ceiling, 
 
 3.5 x 3.5, color print 
 1974 
 
 
 
 2 
 196 
 59 Megowan