Mandeville Thum and Mammoth Cave

Mandeville Thum was an early photographer of Mammoth Cave.  Bob Thompson examined some of the remaining Hotel Registers from the Mammoth Cave Hotel.[ 2002.  Thompson, Bob.  2002. Mammoth Cave Hotel Destroyed By Early Morning Fire In 1916. Twelve Original Hotel Registers From 1853 To 1897 Were Mysteriously Saved From The 1916 Fire. ]   In one of the registers he found the signature of Mandevill Thum.  Thompson writes:

Photographer Mandeville Thum and Family registered at the hotel on July 26, 1860. It is not clear if he took photographs of the cave during his visit. All of Thum’s photographs of the cave were copyrighted on November 22, 1876. Thum may have visited the cave with his family for the first time in 1860 and then returned later in 1876 to take photographs.

Of particular interest to this project are two stereo photographs of guides among his photo collection:


Artist     Thum, M. (Mandeville) — Photographer

Title       Mat, the oldest guide. (photo of Materson Bransford)

Alternate Title: Views of Mammoth Cave.

Date      Coverage: 1876-1877. Source Imprint: Louisville, Ky. : Mandeville Thum, 1876-1877.


Artist Thum, M. (Mandeville) — Photographer

Title William, the guide. (photo of William Garvin)

Alternate Title: Views of Mammoth Cave.

Date Coverage: 1876-1877. Source Imprint: Louisville, Ky. : Mandeville Thum, 1876-1877.

About Edward Forrest Frank

My name is Edward Frank. By training I am a geologist with published research on caves found in the United States, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I am the webmaster, BBS administrator, and run the Facebook Page for the Native Tree Society and am involved with tree research with the group. I am the author, or coauthor, of a number of tree related articles and publications available for download from the NTS website and NTS BBS. I edit the monthly magazine for the group - eNTS Magazine. I write science fiction and fantasy stories reflecting a lifelong love of the genres. Most recently I published a fantasy role playing game Knarf 4, available through Amazon Kindle. I have an extensive science fiction and fantasy library and have long enjoyed table top role-playing games. Not satisfied with commercially available games, I started creating my own game variations in the mid 1980's. Knarf 4 is latest version best version of those games. I also write non-fiction. I currently am working on a book on "The Old-Growth Forests of Cook Forest State Park, PA" targeting older children and teens. I am suave, sophisticated, funny, kind, considerate, thoughtful, brilliant, devilishly handsome, and above all modest.
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