Two carte de visite albumen prints of scenes of the Amana Society in Iowa have been located among the papers of an Amana family. The two images depict the Amana calico print works and the Amana woolen mill and date to the early 1870s. These photographs are the earliest datable images of any of the Amana villages and, as such, merit consideration. Both images bear the stamp of William H. Masters, a pioneering photographer whose career spanned the 1850s to 1880s and led him from Illinois to Iowa and, finally, to Kansas.
American Communal Societies Quarterly