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The Photographers: Frank E. Bingaman


Photo of Frank Bingaman taking a photograph.

Frank Bingaman was one of Pittsburgh's oldest news photographers. Bingaman operated a photography studio with his father-in-law in Wilkinsburg, prior to joining the staff of the old Gazette-Times in 1904. Later he would transfer to the Chronicle-Telegraph, which was succeeded in 1927 by the Sun-Telegraph. Among the notable personalities he photographed were Theodore Roosevelt, President Taft, Andrew Carnegie, King Leopold of Belgium, and actress Lillian Russell.

In A Pittsburgh Album 1758-1958, author Roy Stryker cited a photograph taken in 1911 of an Easter Parade in front of Carnegie Music Hall: "On the scene as usual, with his bulky Graphlex camera, was Frank E. Bingaman, one of the city's first news photographers... He died in 1948 at the age of 73, leaving behind what perhaps today is the largest single collection of Pittsburgh news pictures of the first quarter of this century."

Frank Bingaman's collection of approximately 1,100 photographs were acquired by the Carnegie Library to help form the nucleus of their photographic repository, which opened in June 1960. In addition to the collection at the Pittsburgh Photographic Library, Bingaman's work is also represented at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

Source: A Pittsburgh Album 1758-1958: Two Hundred Years of Memories in Pictures and Text by Roy Stryker.

Photographs by Frank E. Bingaman

* Allegheny Arsenal
* Allegheny Arsenal Entrance
* Andrew Carnegie Saying Farewell to Pittsburgh
* Andrew Carnegie Visiting Carnegie Institute of Technology
* Balloon Race
* Cathedral of Learning
* Centre and Herron
* Crowd Listening to 1909 World Series Play-by-Play
* Diplodocus carnegii
* Exposition Hall
* Exposition Park, 1914
* Fifth and Smithfield
* Fifth Avenue
* Flood of 1936, Joseph Horne Company
* Flood of 1936, Liberty and Seventh
* Fred Clarke
* Honus Wagner
* Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Davy Jones
* Horse Racing on Ridge Avenue
* Junction Hollow
* Kite-flying at Carnegie Institute of Technology
* Lake Elizabeth
* Looking toward Pittsburgh
* Monongahela House
* Monongahela House: Lincoln's Bedroom
* Ninth Street Bridge
* North Avenue
* Painters' Mills
* Physical Instruction at Margaret Morrison College
* Pitt Football, Jimmy DeHart
* Pitt Football, Tom Davies
* The Point, Early 1900s
* The Point, 1919
* Schenley Park
* Smithfield Street Bridge
* Smoky City Beach
* Steamboats
* Stieren Phonograph Company
* Syria Santas
* 3804 Butler Street
* Thomas Jefferson Smith
* Wabash Bridge