John Caulk, Sr.
        A very early street scene of Trappe taken in the 1860s. John K. Caulk (1847-1913) is showing of his horse and buggy on what is now Maple Ave. near the down town intersection. In the background is the front yard of the Dickinson house before the little building was built there about 1875 (see photo 304 on page 3). At various times it would serve as a general store and a post office. Beyond the yard are some buildings on what would be Main St.
     The photograph is a quarter plate ambrotype measuring 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 in what is left of a hinged case. An ambrotype is a very early type of photograph used mainly in the 1855-1865 period. It is a negative reversed image on glass that, when backed with a black material, appears as a positive image. This scan of it has been reversed here to make the scene appear normal.
     Exterior ambrotypes are quite rare, and exterior ambrotypes where the location can be identified rarer still. It is certainly one of the earliest photos of a Talbot County scene.
     In the 1960s, Sallie Caulk identified the man in the buggy as her father John K. Caulk Sr. who was quite fond of his horses.