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20160528

Saturday's Child - Table


For today, lets have a look at Saturday's Child in a different setting. Instead of finding them in their element, outside at play, let's look at a few caught on an unfamiliar stage, the photo studio.

Here they are, trying, as best they can, to "hold still" and pose the awkward way the grown-ups want.

Here they are, caught bubbling with curiosity about their surroundings, or trembling in fear of that strange photographer and that disturbing box with the big, glass eye.

Young Girl

Why am I standing on a table, Mommy?

Want to know more about the photographers? Here are some in depth examinations of those industrious 19th century entrepreneurs: LOST GALLERY, The Known Photographer

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20160526

Nineteenth Century Photographers - Fritts and Eskelsen



LOST GALLERY is tracing the histories of a couple hundred photographers from the Cabinet Card era, about 1860 through about 1920. For many of these photographers there remains only sketchy information but a few left many details about their lives.

There are genealogy histories and newspaper clippings on some.

Some histories formed timelines showing where the photographer was working and when. This information will help researchers date old photographs in their family albums.

From time to time, Thinks Happen will feature one of the more interesting histories.

Today's photographer is


Cowboy.
Photographer: C. Fritts
Liberal, Mo.
circa 1890
CDV portrait
Photographer:
Eskelsen & Fritz
Mt. Carroll Ills.
(Also shown under Eskelsen)

Ralph A. Fritz (1865-1946)

Ralph A. Fritz was found in the 1900 US Census listed as a photographer working in Waterloo, IA. In the 1880 US Census he was just 16 and still living at home. In the 1901 Waterloo city directory he is listed as photographer. He was 36 at that time.

By 1905 he had moved to South Dakota. In the US Census of 1910 he is listed as a carpenter in Oregon and no records after that indicate he ever returned to photography or Mount Carroll, IL. Roughly he was a photographer then from about 1885 to about 1905. Exactly when he was working in Mount Carroll, IL, is still unknown. Waterloo is less than 30 miles from Mount Carroll.

In 1900 Christian L. Eskelsen, his wife and three sons lived in Jackson, Iowa, less than 30 miles from Mount Carroll and Waterloo. Any one of them could have been that short term partner of Fritz.

This quote from the Find-A-Grave website may offer a clue:
“Henry C. Eskelsen, a young man came here about a week ago took suddenly ill at the home of Ralph Fritz on Gales Crest and died in a few hours Tuesday afternoon. Born July 25, 1887 in Iowa and came here from Portland. He leaves a brother Arnold Eskelson at Reedly, Calif.; and father, C. L. Eskelson, Sabula, Iowa. TB was the cause of death.

[Washington County News, 22 Jul 1909]
Coroner's inquest states Mr. Eskelsen died July 20, 1909 at the house of Ralph Fritz of Forest Grove of natural causes, suffering from tuberculosis. He was six foot tall, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. The remains were delivered to V R Limber for burial. A brother, Arnold Eskelsen lives on a ranch at Mount Campbell, Ca. Testimony of Mr. Fritz states he knew the deceased at Mount Carroll, Ill. His mother died about three years ago at Sebula, Iowa of TB”

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20160524

Tuesday Theater - Granada


With the multi-screen theaters with free popcorn refills and blockbuster weekend specials absorbing all the ticket sales, the little home town theater continues to decline and lose. So for a few Tuesdays lets take a rather nostalgic look at some of these old, established, privately-owned theaters, thriving, struggling or abandoned.

The Granada

The Granada,
Plainview, Texas
Now Playing
Dream
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20160521

Saturday's Child - Ice Cream Chair


For today, lets have a look at Saturday's Child in a different setting. Instead of finding them in their element, outside at play, let's look at a few caught on an unfamiliar stage, the photo studio.
Here they are, trying, as best they can, to "hold still" and pose the awkward way the grown-ups want.
Here they are, caught bubbling with curiosity about their surroundings, or trembling in fear of that strange photographer and that disturbing box with the big, glass eye.

RPPC Child on a chair

I've always wanted to do this.

Want to know more about the photographers? Here are some in depth examinations of those industrious 19th century entrepreneurs: LOST GALLERY, The Known Photographer

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20160520

Found Friday - Fragments of Election Results



Unfortunately, not enough left for a quorum ...



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20160519

Nineteenth Century Photographers - Prof. D. Ehrlich



LOST GALLERY is tracing the histories of a couple hundred photographers from the Cabinet Card era, about 1860 through about 1920. For many of these photographers there remains only sketchy information but a few left many details about their lives.

There are genealogy histories and newspaper clippings on some.

Some histories formed timelines showing where the photographer was working and when. This information will help researchers date old photographs in their family albums.

From time to time, Thinks Happen will feature one of the more interesting histories.

Today's photographer is "Prof." Davie Ehrlich


woman portrait with flower
Photographer: Prof. Ehrlich
New York
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The name Ehrlich occurs quite often in records from New York and the east coast of the US in the late 1800’s.

Support has been found in newspaper and magazine articles and ads to confirm that “Prof.” Ehrlich had a photograph studio at 160 E. 66th street in New York City, from 1892 to 1902. Only one article was found in the New York World, 01 March 1894 which shows him as Prof. D. Ehrlich at that address.

In the 1902 New York City, NY, city directory, there appears in the business section, a David Ehrlich, photographer, at 157 E. 75th and in the residential section Davie Ehrlich is an “artist” at 160 E 66th street.
1882
(City Directory) as artist at 184 E 76th
1884
(City Directory) as artist at 200 E 61st
1886
(City Directory) as artist at 200 E 61st
1888
(City Directory) as artist at 160 E 66th
1892
(City Directory) as artist at 160 E 66th
1892
(Photographic Times) Studio at 66th between Lexington and 3rd
1893 Jun 29
(Newspaper ad) photographer studio at 160 E 66th
1894 Feb 03
(classified ad) for “agent” for Prof. Ehrlich elite gallery at 160 E 66th
1894 Mar 01
(Newspaper Ad) studio at 160 E 66th
1895 Mar 04
(Newspaper ad) studio at 160 E 66th
1895 Mar 04
(classified ad) for retoucher for Prof. Ehrlich Gallery
1897 Jun 27
(Newspaper ad) studio at 160 E 66th
1902
(City Directory) David Ehrlich at 160 E 66th is listed as “artist” in the residential section
1902
(City Directory) (same issue as above) Davie Ehrlich listed in business section, photographers, at 175 E. 75th street

New York World
01 Mar 1894


No biographical information has been confirmed as yet.

The cabinet card at the left was probably done between 1882 and 1902.

27 Jun 1897

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20160517

Tuesday Theater - Ponca


With the multi-screen theaters with free popcorn refills and blockbuster weekend specials absorbing all the ticket sales, the little home town theater continues to decline and lose. So for a few Tuesdays lets take a rather nostalgic look at some of these old, established, privately-owned theaters, thriving, struggling or abandoned.

The Poncan

The Poncan Theater
Ponca, Oklahoma
Now playing
June 14 Justin France
& GP band $10 7650643
6\21 Johnny Rogers and

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