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George B. Cornish
Cornish continued as a photographer in Arkansas City throughout his life. Each time he moved to larger quarters he took along the remnants of the work of Prettyman and Bonsall. To assure their continued existence he made glass positives of many of these plates, which he kept in careful storage. Only when an original negative was broken did he open the store to make another negative. When unbreakable acetate film became available he made negatives on this material.
Never did Cornish attempt to borrow the greatness of his
teacher, nor claim the authorship of his work. Some he protected by
copyright in his own name, but these pictures continued to be identified
as Prettyman's work. Prettyman never sought a copyright on any of
his pictures. Long after Prettyman left Kansas, Cornish produced an
album of photographs made from choice plates in his collection. He
did not have to include his former partner's name but he titled the album
"Oklahoma Views, by Prettyman and Cornish." After the death of
Cornish, the plates became a part of the Cunningham Collection, and now
are back in the land of their origin.