In the book, Heritage: a pictorial history of Independence Township and the village of Clarkston, edited by Jennifer L. Radcliff (copyright 1976), there are two notations that there was a Petty Photography Studio in Clarkston. Additional information on Petty or other photographers is not included in the book. Other books on Oakland County history, including directories and the 1896 and 1906 atlases do not list any local photographers in their business directory listings. Additional research has failed to locate additional information on Mr. Petty or his studio.
In the collection, there are two photographic prints of two women sitting at a dining room table preparing to eat in which a male photographer and his camera are clearly reflected in a mirror at the rear of the table. Also there are two glass-plate negatives of different size of the same image of men outside of a building with a large PHOTOGRAPHS sign over the front door. It is obvious that at some point in the late 19th century that there was a local photographer, probably Petty, who had his own photography shop in town. It is possible from the range of dates the images in the collection, late 19th century through 1920s, that this collection is compiled from the work of several photographers or one who had a long career. Which of these options is correct is unknown at this time.
As noted on the previous page, some of the images have been reproduced in the book, Heritage: a pictorial history of Independence Township and the village of Clarkston, edited by Jennifer L. Radcliff (copyright 1976). Some of these same images have also been reproduced and are available for purchase on the Clarkston Area historical Society’s website, http://www.clarkstonhistorical.org/photos.htm, (copyright 2004, viewed in May 2007). Copyright for some of the images is therefore definitely NOT held by the Clarke. Any identifying information about the images in the book has been noted on the negative sleeves.