No Dull Days: J. Alfred Myer’s Turn-of-the-Century America

June 9 – September 23, 2017 

Photographer J. Alfred Myer loved his hometown of Milford, Pennsylvania. In photographing his town and the residents, Myer captured a time of great change in America.


James Alfred Myer ’s photographs take us back 100 years and beyond. At a time of growing industry, urbanization, and trans-Atlantic influence, photographer James Alfred Myer was completely absorbed in his community of Milford, Pennsylvania. Although quiet and unassuming, in Myer Â’s eyes, Milford was never a dull place. He photographed the town and its people for over four decades. While the Gilded Age, World War I, and the Roaring Twenties influenced life in the Poconos to varying degrees, Myer Â’s camera was not so much concerned with the pathos of the age, but rather the ingenuity and diversity of a community accepting of progress and change.

Myer ’s work reflects the unique role of the studio photographer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These local photographers became the chroniclers of their communities, entrusted by their public to fashion lasting images of their era. At a time when personal cameras were less common, his images immortalized the heart and stories of Milford—capturing the personalities and progress of the moment and defining that moment for history.

We are grateful to the Peter Myer family for helping this story come to life.


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