Friday, October 26, 2012

Studio Portraits: Distinguished Gentlemen Part 2

More portraits of men, from different eras, I would guess from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Some of these came from the estate of Reardan, Washington farmer Vern Carstens. There was an estate sale at the farm a few years back and I'm always surprised, pleasantly, to find old family photos. If there are names written on them I can sometimes find out something about the people via the Internet. The Carstens home is on one of my regular country routes.
Studio photos copyright studios of origin.
Paige Studio, Davenport, Washington
Libby Art Studio, Spokane, WA
Libby Studio was officially in operation from 1911-1969. The banner on either side of the shield reads 1917, so it could be the year it was produced. Charles A. Libby started working in his sister's studio in 1898 and started his own in 1901. 

E.J. O'Leary Studio, Holland Michigan
Holland, Michigan figures prominently in one of my estate groups, perhaps the Jeanetta Lystra estate, a purchase of family photos I made in the early 1990's.

H.L.(?) Olson Studio, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Reverend Hulst

Reverend Hulst
H. Baumgarter Studio, Holland, Michigan

Russell Swart
Arthur Gillette Studio

Grandpa Lystra
Electro Photo Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan

"To My Little Wife to be"
Cesar H. Biernard
Swisher Studio

William Thomas Warren
Maxwell Studio, Spokane Falls, Washington
One of my favorites, an old Spokane Falls-era portrait. That version of the city name was short-lived, used between 1883 and 1891. It was Spokan Falls from 1881-1883, and then Spokane from 1891 to the present. A 1908 newspaper shows that G.H. and C.A. Libby, photographers, were located in the Wolverton Block.

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