James Lockwood worked his way up in the printing business to become founding partner in 1836 of Case, Lockwood & Company, a publisher and printer in Hartford, CT. The company thrived in various forms into the 1970s.

His son William Henry Lockwood began in his father’s firm at age 17 in 1854, survived Antietam as a Lieutenant with the 16th Connecticut Infantry in 1862, and struck out on his own as an electrotyper after the war.

William was also something of a photographer.

When a freak blizzard hit Hartford in March 1888, he took his camera around the city and later made albumin prints of what he saw. Two of those are here: the imposing brick Case, Lockwood & Brainard building at Pearl and Trumbull Streets, and his own home on Niles Street. It looks to me like a small boy is trying to shovel a path to the latter (click to enlarge).

William donated a leather bound album with 37 of his snow prints to the Connecticut State Library in 1916. It’s still there.

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