Nancy Ford Cones

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Nancy Ford Cones (1869–1962) was an early photographer from Loveland, Ohio, where she documented country life.


Born in Milan, Ohio in 1868, Cones was a doctor's daughter. When she was 25, her father sent her to a photographic studio to learn how to retouch after which she began taking photographs herself in the pictorial style. Impressed by her early work, her father bought her an interest in a studio in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. In 1900, she married James Cones, also a photographer, who assisted her with darkroom work, frequently using the gum bichromate printing process. The couple first moved to Covington, Kentucky where they ran a studio together before settling at Roads Inn farm near Loveland, Ohio in 1905. That year, with a photograph title "Threading the needle", Conces finished second to Eduard Steichen in an Eastman Kodak competition which attracted 28,000 entries.[1] Her "Calling The Ferryman" came in first in the Photo-Era contest in 1907. Most of her photographs were of family and friends on the farm. They proved popular for the advertising campaigns of Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and other camera firms. Some of them also appeared in Country Life in America and Woman's Home Companion. In 1926, the couple spent a year in Mariemont, Ohio, where they had been commissioned to photograph the new town.[2][3]

Nancy Cones' interest in photography came to an end after her husband's death in 1939. She remained on the Loveland family farm where she died in 1962.[3]


  1. ^ Robert Leggat, "Women Pioneers of Photography", Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Nancy Ford Cones Gallery" Archived 2013-09-29 at the Wayback Machine, Greater Loveland Historical Society. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b Sam Amis and Michael Donovan, "Nancy Ford Cones", Mariemont Schools. Retrieved 20 March 2013.