Truck Drivin’ Men

Old photo, circa 1920s, white border.

Price:  $4.00          Size:  About 3 and 5/16 x 2 and 3/8″

We’re continuing our day-late Father’s Day theme with a nice old photo, which we’re guessing is from the ’20s, but we’ll find out – according to whatever make, model and year the truck turns out to be. The two gents here are maybe a dad with his young son of about three, standing next to their vehicle, on the dirt shoulder of a tree-lined road.

The next thing in binoculars….

So, it looks like there’s writing on the inside of the truck, under the passenger side rear window, but we can’t quite read it. And further scrutiny yields another “arrggh” moment, in trying to make out the words on the sign posted on the tree trunk to our left. (Actually you probably noticed the tree sign first, but whatev 😉 ) If you stare at these kind of things long enough you sometimes get a flash of insight into what they say. Those ah-ha! moments are soooo great. Though, I like the process of imagining (the journey is it’s own reward, right?) having a pair of binoculars that works on old photos:  Just look through, adjust the dial, et voila!

Władyslaw Jakubowski, Detroit Photographer

Władyslaw Jakubowski, Detroit photographer 1911 – 1920. Studio address:  1525 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. Partners with Władimer Lityński 1912 – 1916.

From the photographer’s 1920 passport application, Władyslaw, wife Wanda, and daughter Sophie.

The photographer for the prior post, Władyslaw L. Jakubowski, was born July 12th or 22nd (22nd from his WWII Draft Registration), 1883 in Filipów, Suwałki County, northeastern Poland, son of Vitalis Jakubowski and Anna Szpakouska[?] He emigrated to the U.S. in 1903 and became a naturalized citizen in 1911. He married Wanda Gudowski (Kudowska on marriage record) in Detroit on August 25, 1915. By the 1920 Federal Census they had a daughter, Sophie. Jumping ahead to 1940, we find Władyslaw and Wanda in Queens, New York. He’s working as a printing machine operator. With them are son, Marion, born in Poland, about 1923, and daughter Alina, born New York, about 1931. The WWII Draft Registration shows Władyslaw working at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn. To fill in some of the time frame and view more photo examples, see Michigan Polonia, which includes the publication Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration, (pages 26 – 28).

A little more info….

Władyslaw Jakubowski is shown in several Detroit city directory listings at his studio address of 1525 Michigan Avenue, but the 1912 entry under his partner, Władimer Lityński, gives us a little more information:

Sources:  National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 – March 31, 1925; Roll #: 1139; Volume #: Roll 1139 – Certificates: 8626-8999, 03 Apr 1920-05 Apr 1920.

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Detroit City Directory, 1911. p. 3324. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Detroit City Directory, 1912. pp. 1414 and 1654. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Detroit City Directory, 1916. p. 3656. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Detroit Ward 16, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_815; Page: 36B; Enumeration District: 502.

Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, Queens, New York; Roll: T627_2723; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 41-1886.

The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147.

Grand Prospect Hall. Accessed August 1, 2017.

Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration. Accessed August 1, 2017.

Burton J. Holcombe, Photographer

Burton J. Holcombe, from our prior post, was born about November 1856 in New York, to James E. Holcombe and Emily J. Shutts. The paper trail is pretty long for Burton, who was a Detroit photographer from at least 1884 to about 1897, then worked as a traveling sales agent from about 1900 to 1904, returning to photography for a couple of years in Detroit before moving back to his home state of New York to continue in the business from about 1910 thru 1930. He married Sophie Orth in 1891, and they had a daughter, Doris. Burton and Sophie divorced in 1905. Photographers Charles E. Alford (Holcombe & Alford) and Edward J. Metzen (Holcombe & Metzen) paired up with Holcombe for short periods of time in the 1880s and 1890s. Below, per online records, a timeline:

1860 – Federal Census, Fowler, Saint Lawrence Co., NY. With parents and siblings Arabel and Edward. Father’s occupation:  merchant.

1870 – Federal Census, Gouverneur, Saint Lawrence Co., NY, with parents, siblings and others. Father is a lumber merchant.

1884 – Holcombe & Alford, 222 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI, boards Finney House. H.L. Holcombe is also listed as a photographer, boarding at Finney House.

1885 – Holcombe & Alford, 222 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Residence 444 7th, along with widowed mother, Emily J. Holcombe.

1887 – Burton J. Holcombe, 222 Woodward Ave. Residence 21 Sproat, with mother, Emily.

1888 – Burton J. Holcombe, 222 Woodward Ave. Boards 102 Miami.

1889 – Holcombe & Metzen, 222 Woodward Ave. Residence 102 Miami.

1890 – Holcombe & Metzen, 146 – 148 Woodward Ave. Residence 153 E. Elizabeth.

1891 – Burton J. Holcombe, 222 Woodward Ave. Residence 815 4th Ave., with mother, Emily. Edward Metzen is still down the street at 146 – 148 Woodward.

1895 – B. J. Holcombe & Co., 242 Woodward Ave. Boards at the Library Dining Rooms.

1896 – Burton J. Holcombe. Residence 46 E. Montcalm, Detroit.

1897 – Burton J. Holcombe. Residence 157 Myrtle, Detroit.

1898 – Burton J. Holcombe, moved to Chicago.

1900 to 1904 – Traveling “agent” i.e. salesman. Residence 990 Trumbell Ave., Detroit.

1908 to 1909 – Burton Holcombe, photographer. Residence 48 W. Adams.

1910  – Federal Census, Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY. Photographer, own gallery. Living with his sister and her family (Hiram J. and Harriet M. Anthony and children) and mother, Emily. Residence 15 West St.

1920 – Federal Census, Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. Photographer, own gallery. Boarding with the Smith family. Residence S. Clinton Ave.

1930 – Federal Census, Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY. Photographer. Lodger at 18 Littauer Place.

1931 – 18 Littauer Place. Gloversville, Fulton Co., NY. No occupation listed.


Sources:  Year: 1860; Census Place: Fowler, Saint Lawrence, New York; Roll: M653_853; Page: 648; Image: 117; Family History Library Film: 803853. (

Year: 1870; Census Place: Gouverneur, Saint Lawrence, New York; Roll: M593_1097; Page: 252B; Image: 252977; Family History Library Film: 552596. (

J. W. Weeks & Co.’s Detroit City Directories, 1884, p. 642; 1885, p. 596. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Detroit City Directories, 1887 p. 730; 1888 p. 702; 1889 p. 705; 1890 p. 600; 1891 p. 582; 1895 p. 698; 1896 p. 721; 1897 p. 727; 1898 p. 751; 1900 p. 795; 1901 p. 814; 1903 p. 1162; 1904 p. 1361; 1908 p. 3130. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Marriage Records. Michigan Marriages. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, UT. Michigan, County Marriages, 1822-1940. (

Year: 1900; Census Place: Detroit Ward 8, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 750; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 0087; FHL microfilm: 1240750. (

Michigan. Divorce records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan. (

R. L. Polk’s Michigan State Gazetteer & Business Directory, 1909-1910. p. 615.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 February 2017), Burton J Holcombe in household of Hiram J Anthony, Gloversville Ward 4, Fulton, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 18, sheet 2A, family 42, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 948; FHL microfilm 1,374,961.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 February 2017), Burton J Holcomb in household of Frank W Smith, Rochester Ward 4, Monroe, New York, United States; citing ED 60, sheet 4B, line 71, family 83, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1120; FHL microfilm 1,821,120.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Gloversville, Fulton, New York; Roll: 1439; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0014; Image: 819.0; FHL microfilm: 2341174. (

H. A. Manning Company’s Gloversville and Johnstown Directory, 1931. p. 168. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Norbert George Moser (1885 – 1970) Photographer and Publisher

N. Moser of  “Copyright N. Moser,  N.Y.”  was Norbert George Moser, photographer, electrician, sailor and publisher of Real Photo Postcards, most noted for his naval views. And, though certainly Moser would not have taken all the photos that show his copyright, one assumes he would have taken quite a few, since his time in the U.S. Navy numbered about twelve years. Below, a brief time-line:

1885 – Born September 17, 1885 in Pierceton, Indiana, son of Gabriel Moser and Mary Palmer.

1910 – A crop from the 1910 U. S. Federal Census showing Norbert G. Moser, born Indiana, father born Germany, mother born Illinois, occupation chief electrician, sailor, serving on the U.S.S. Virginia, Hampton Roads, Virginia (the naval base).



Circa 1913 – 1919, could be December 1913, per prior post. Above, an awesome view, entitled “Quarter Deck Seas” one of many photos to also appear as a Real Photo Postcard, copyright N. Moser, N.Y. Did Norbert Moser take the actual photo? Probably his navy service record would need to be ordered to get a full timeline of what ships he served on and when, in order to get a better idea. This one is described as:  View looking aft on the main deck of USS Vermont (Battleship # 20), while she was steaming in heavy seas during the Nineteen “teens”. Note man standing by the ladder leading to the quarterdeck whaleboat.

1914 – May 23, 1914, Chelsea, MA, married Julia R. Hall, a Medford MA dressmaker, born about 1889 in Gardner, MA, daughter of Stephen A. Hall and Clara P. Adams. Norbert Moser’s residence address at the time of marriage was the U.S. Naval Hospital, where he is listed as an electrician.


1916 – Above, a clipping from The Topeka Daily Capital. August 5, 1916, Saturday p. 5. (

1917 – Served as chief electrician at the Naval Recruiting Station for a few days, and then on board the U.S.S. New Jersey, April 9 and discharged October 15, 1917 at Yorktown, VA.

1918 – WWI Draft Registration Card shows wife Julia, residence 1088 E. 36th St., Brooklyn NY, occupation self-employed electrician and photo work, and work address room 406 of the World Bldg., NYC.

1920 – U.S. Federal Census for N. Hempstead, Nassau County, NY. Photographer, own business. Wife Julia, born MA about 1888, children Robert, born KS about 1916; Mary, born MA about 1918; Ruth born NY about 1919.


1921 – Above, three of Moser’s ads, including one showing the well-known Vermont in Storm view, from a May 1921 publication of Our Navy. (Great reading if you have the time!)

1930 – U.S. Federal Census – single, living in Chicago, agent of commercial photography.

1940 – U.S. Federal Census – divorced, still living in Chicago, listed as a photographer and employer in the commercial photography field.

1942 – WWII Draft Registration Card – own business, 180 W. Washington St., Chicago.

1970 – Died in Los Angeles (county if not city) December 26, 1970.

Sources:  Year: 1910; Census Place: USS Virginia, Hampton Roads, Virginia, Military and Naval Forces; Roll: T624_1784; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0123; FHL microfilm: 1375797. (

NH 101060 “Quarter Deck Seas” Vermont (BB-20). Naval History and Heritage Command. Catalogue #NH 101060. From the album of Francis Sargent, courtesy Commander John Condon, 1986. (web accessed November 24, 2016).

“Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 February 2016), Norbert G Moser and Julia R Hall, 23 May 1914; citing Chelsea, , Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,409,948. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.

Registration State: New York; Registration County: Kings; Roll: 1754497; Draft Board: 58. (

Year: 1920; Census Place: North Hempstead, Nassau, New York; Roll: T625_1128; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 60; Image: 1009. (

Our Navy, the Standard Publication of the United States Navy, May 1921. Volume 15. (Google eBook).

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 November 2016), Norbert J Moser in household of Mae B Reeck, Chicago (Districts 1751-1976), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1808, sheet 21A, line 11, family 224, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 491; FHL microfilm 2,340,226.

Year: 1940; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T627_1019; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 103-3100. (

“United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 April 2016), Norbert George Moser, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch ( : 26 November 2014), Norbert G Moser, 26 Dec 1970; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

Swedish Photographer Per Axel Sjöberg (1865 – 1936)

Woman In Plaid Malmo Sweden cdv2

Above, the reverse side of the CDV from the prior post for photographer Axel Sjöberg.

So, we see it was at least 1905 when this particular CDV was created, per the dates advertising the awards won, and where and when.  “Prisbelönt Med Diplom Samt Svenska Turistföreningens Hederspris”  translates from Google as:  Award-winning with diploma and Swedish Tourist Association’s Honorary Award. Note the beautiful flower and cross design in Malmö, (and underneath:  Stortorget, indicating Sjöberg’s Malmö studio was located in the Main Square.)

In looking online for biographical info for this photographer, we found other CDVs, Cabinet Cards from the 1880s, verification of some of his awards mentioned in various publications of Svenska turistföreningens årsskrift (Swedish Tourist’s Association Yearbook) and a grateful acknowledgement to Sjöberg (among others) from author William Widgery Thomas, Jr. in Sweden and the Swedes (1893) for the use of his landscape photos, “…especially along the Göta Canal.”  Check out the illustrations and other artwork in the eBook, and it looks like great reading (Now, where to find the time? 😉  ) The book was also published in Swedish.

Stepping stones….

From one bit of information to the next, like jumping from stone to stone we find:

From the Swedish website Moderna MuseetAxel Sjöberg (1865-1936). Active in Malmö. He won second prize in the Swedish Touring Club’s first competition in 1933 for his characteristic and poetic images of the flat landscape of Skåne. He also won second prize in the next two competitions organized by the Swedish Touring Club.”

From the website KulterNav:  The full name for the photographer was Per Axel Sjöberg, born June 15, 1865 in Södertälje, Södertälje kommun, Stockholms län (Södertälje, Stockholm County, Sweden). He died July 19, 1936 in Skåne län (Skåne County, Sweden).

Then, a Household Clerical Survey record confirming name, date of birth and occupation, recorded that he’d moved in 1887 from Södertelge to Karlsborgs garnisonsförsamling, (parish) in Skaraborg County. And the online death record showed his place of death as Malmö, Skåne County, Sweden.

Sources:  Svenska turistföreningens årsskrift för år 1899.  Wahlström & Widstrand, Stockholm. p. 419. (Google eBook.)

William W. Thomas, Jr. n.d.,_Jr. (accessed September 4, 2016).

Thomas, William W. Sweden and the Swedes. Chicago:  Rand, McNally & Company, 1893. (Google eBook).

Thomas, William W. Sverige och Svenskarne: eller Från Slott till Koja. Chicago:  Swedish Publishing Company, 1901. (Google eBook).

Biographies, Axel Sjöberg (1865-1936). Moderna Museet. (accessed September 4, 2016).

“Sjöberg, Axel (1865 – 1936) [sv]”  KulterNav. (accessed September 4, 2016).

Roll/Fiche Number: GO-550; Volume Number: AI:38; Page Number: 93. Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893.

Swedish Church Records Archive. Johanneshov, Sweden: Genline AB. Sweden, Selected Indexed Death Records, 1840-1860 and 1878-1942.

Horse Team And Wagon, Defiance, Iowa

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The scene in this Real Photo Postcard is of three women, ready for travel, who are seated in a wagon that is hitched to a team of light-colored horses; a gentleman standing at the horses heads, probably steadying the team so the shot can be taken; and in the immediate background, a high wooden fence and beautiful barn. (Photos of old barns now immediately remind me of the t.v. show Barnwood Builders – Mark Bowe and his crew restoring old log cabins and barns or re-purposing the old logs. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.) And the expressions of the women are wonderfully varied. It’s a great shot, despite a little blurriness at the bottom center. And, if you read on, you will see that the photographer was likely not set up professionally; therefor, this photo might have some relation to the photo artist’s family or friends. The back of the card shows the stamp:

“Photo By Jessie Westbrook, Defiance, Iowa.”

You go, Jessie girl!

So, Jessie does not show up at all in city directories as a photographer; nor do any of the State or Federal Census records show her listed as such. This is the first time we’ve run across a female photographer.

The 1910 Federal Census for Defiance, Shelby County, Iowa, shows Jessie, born Iowa, about 1885, living with parents Charles H. and Maria Westbrook. Charles’ occupation is Pharmacist. Jessie’s occupation is Proof Reader in a printing office. Charles was born in Pennsylvania, and Maria born in New York.

The 1915 State Census for Defiance has Jessie M. Westbrook, no occupation listed, church affiliation Methodist. Entries on the 1915 are on separate cards, but she’s presumably still living with her parents.

The 1920 reveals she is still single, living with her parents in Defiance. Her occupation on the 1920 is listed as Operator, the rest is hard to read (looks like Register).

By 1925 Jessie is married to William Uptegrove, who was born about 1864 in Missouri. They’re living in Portsmouth, Shelby County, Iowa. His parents are Edward L. Uptegrove and Elizabeth C. McKinsey. Jessie’s mother’s maiden name is Ashton. (How heavenly are these 1925 Iowa State Census records! They even include the parents’ place of marriage.)

We wonder if there is any more photography out there by Jessie Westbrook…Oh, well lo and behold, I do have one more by her. See the next post. And did she still do photography after she got married? I like to think yes.

On one last note: estimates this particular style of postcard back header as being from about 1914 to 1917.

Divided back, unused Real Photo Postcard. Photographer: Jessie Westbrook. Circa 1914 – 1917.

Price:  $12.00

Sources:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Union, Shelby, Iowa; Roll: T624_423; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0177; FHL microfilm: 1374436. (

1915 State Census, Defiance, Iowa. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925

Year: 1920; Census Place: Union, Shelby, Iowa; Roll: T625_513; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 196; Image: 840. (

1925 State Census, Portsmouth, Iowa. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925

“Real Photo Postcard Stamp Backs – Unknown Manufacturers.” (Accessed April 12, 2016.)

Edward F. Hartley, Chicago Photographer

A Nice Gentleman, Chicago 1891 cc2

We love these photo studio illustrations with the studio name appearing multiple times (seven in this case). The block on the sidewalk is called a carriage step, carriage stone or mounting block, if you were wondering. The above is the reverse of the Cabinet Card in the prior post.

Most of what appears presently online for Edward F. Hartley (1847 – 1887) comes from obituaries; some of the information we found conflicts, that being his year of marriage, studio location prior to Chicago (Jacksonville or Decatur but no record was found of either in city directories or newspaper ads) and whether he competed for professional photographer association prizes. In any case, Hartley was a very successful and well-known Chicago photographer whose studio was located at 309 W. Madison Street since at least 1877. The son of Methodist minister Charles Hartley and his wife Louisa (Louisa’s given name per the 1850 Federal Census; however her maiden name wasn’t located.) Edward Hartley was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, on November 9, 1847, (per the Daily Inter-Ocean.) On October 5, 1871 (or 1873) he married a judge’s daughter, Virginia Boyd; they had no children. Below an excerpt from Edgar E. Boyd’s Record of the Boyd Family:  John Boyd from Scotland and Descendants, which was compiled in 1913:

Virginia Boyd

Below, two obituaries, from, left to right, from the Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, IL) and the Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) and a funeral announcement from the Inter Ocean.

EF Hartley ObitInter Ocean ObitFuneral of EF Hartley

Below, a humorous analogy in advertisement by E. F. Hartley, showing the shrewd businessman in action. The “Sign of the Rooster” mentioned at the bottom of the ad, can be seen in other ads put out by him, as in the insert below, a rooster standing atop another rooster, victorious. (We found another, showing Hartley’s rooster having completely beaten down the competition. That one was too graphic for our sensibilities, and we remind ourselves that this was the 1880s…probably what we today would view as negative in advertising (therefor to avoid) was perhaps just seen as getting the point across. The dogs at the trough image is a little rough, too. No pun intended 😉  As for the $2.00 Cabinet Cards, this price was for twelve Cabinets and one panel, a smokin’ hot deal for the public, to be sure.

Hartley AdHartleys Rooster

Below, from a couple of our readers (thank you!)….see the comment from J. Hill. Here’s the beautiful shadow box and a close-up in sepia of the handsome, newly-married couple, names unknown, photographed by the Hartley studio. Note the bride’s lace at the neck (unusual by today’s standards I think, because it’s not symmetrical) love her dark gloves, the beautiful embroidery on the bodice…and very unusual, that white piece of fabric sticking out below the bodice, seemingly so random, but in a way balancing out the lace on the neck in the overall effect. And those would be artificial orange blossoms (most likely made from wax) in the bride’s headpiece and the groom’s boutonniere, that now lovingly surround the Cabinet Card. Orange blossoms were worn and made popular by Queen Victoria at her wedding to her beloved Prince Albert.

Update:  In response to a query from a reader, for the question of whether the Hartley studio continued after his death in 1887….There is a possibility that Edward’s brother, Charles F. may have continued with the business, more research will be forthcoming. Below, the news clipping on Hartley’s will appearing in Chicago’s The Inter Ocean:

Sources: Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Lawrence, Stark, Ohio; Roll: M432_731; Page: 94A; Image: 196. (

“Passed Away” Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) October 13, 1887, Thur, p. 3. (

“The Final Reward. Edward F. Hartley, the Well-Known Photographer, Answers Death’s Dread Summons.”  Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Vol. 16, Issue 199. October 10, 1887, p. 5. (

 “Laid to Rest” October 13, 1887, Thur, p.3 The Inter Ocean (Chicago) (
“Public Patronage Trough”  Chicago Daily Tribune. March 15, 1885, Sun, p. 2. (
“Hartley’s Rooster” Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Vol. 16, Issue 44. May 7, 1887, p. 4. (
Hamilton, E. L. “With quiet determination, Queen Victoria chose a white wedding dress, launching the trend that endures to this day.” March 20, 2018. (accessed November 6, 2018).
“Edward F. Hartley’s Will.”  The Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL). November 2, 1887. Wednesday, p. 10. (

Enrico Bambocci, Photographer (Circa 1857 – 1932)

Here’s the photographer’s stamp dated 1908 from the prior post.

“E. Bambocci. Premiato Con. 21 Medalie D’Oro. 27 North Market St., San Jose, Cal.”

Bambocci Photographers Stamp

As stated previously,  “Premiato Con. 21 Medalie D’Oro”  translates from Italian as  “With Award-Winning 21 Gold Medals.”

A long-running studio

Enrico Bambocci was born in Parma, Italy, to Italian-born parents, about 1857. From as early as 1908 he ran his photography studio at 27 N. Market St. in San Jose, CA. He continued at this address until sometime between 1925 and 1927 when he and his wife Carla (Hauser) Bambocci moved to Redwood City:  the 1927 Redwood City directory lists them at 241 Hamilton St.

A discrepancy in records

Oddly enough, the 1910 Federal Census taken in San Jose, shows Enrico and Carla:  his second marriage, her first, married about eight years. Odd because the Santa Clara County, CA marriage database lists their marriage as July 21, 1914.

Carla – Italian or Austrian born?

Though the difference in the marriage date is not explainable (without heavier research) what is readily explainable is why Carla is normally listed as being born in Italy, while one census gives Austria, and her naturalization application states Trieste, Austria. Trieste, an Italian port city, was part of the Austrian empire until it was annexed to Italy after WWI.

Moved to Redwood City

By 1929 Enrico and Carla had moved the business to 113 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. (Sometime around 1932 or ’33 this street address changed to 1113 Middlefield Road.) Enrico died February 2, 1932, after which Carla ran the photography business. The 1940 Federal Census for Redwood City shows Carla, occupation Photographer, industry “Photograph Co.” The last city directory found for Carla Bambocci is for year 1946, showing her as widow of Enrico, and residence 530 Warren, Redwood City. So, sometime between 1940 and 1946 Carla would have retired.

Enrico in Italy

Enrico Bambocci is mentioned in the book Acquaviva delle Fonti nelle Collezioni fotografiche tra ‘800 e ‘900 regarding the Italian city of Acquaviva dell Fonti, in the province of Bari, a photographic collection from 1800 to 1900. This book, by author Cesare Colafemmina, is written in Italian with an English translation. The intriguing first paragraph explains:  “Ever since the late 1800s, the city of Acquaviva delle Fonti, in the province of Bari, has been the theater for many photographic campaigns, some of which unknown up to the present day.”  Mention of Enrico appears on page 33, as having been from Parma, but coming to Bari in 1880 and who worked there alongside other photographers for some number of years (till perhaps 1885? it seems according to the text.)

Sources:  Polk-Husted Directory Co.’s San Jose City and Santa Clara County, 1908 – 1909. p. 1088. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989).

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Classified Buyer’s Guide of Redwood City, California, 1927 – 1928. p. 49. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989).

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Classified Buyer’s Guide of Redwood City, California, 1929 – 1930. p. 36. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989).

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Redwood City Directory, 1946. p. 26. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989).

Year: 1910; Census Place: San Jose Ward 1, Santa Clara, California; Roll: T624_106; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0092; FHL microfilm: 1374119. (

Year: 1940; Census Place: Redwood City, San Mateo, California; Roll: T627_331; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 41-60A. (

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 November 2015), Enrico Bambocci and Carla Hauser, 21 Jul 1914; citing Santa Clara, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,468,523. California, State Court Naturalization Records, 1850-1986. (Carla Bambocci)

“California Death Index, 1905-1939,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 November 2015), Enrico Bambocci, 02 Feb 1932; citing 12316, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.

Trieste. n.d. (accessed November 1, 2015).

Colafemmina, Cesare. (2003) Acquaviva delle Fonti nelle Collezioni fotografiche tra ‘800 e ‘900. Fratelli Alinari spa. (Google book search.)

John G. Feeser, Photographer

See Girl With Bow post.

Feeser’s Studio, 24 E. Middle Street, Hanover, PA was the forerunner to the present-day Poist Studio and Frame Shoppe, 20 E. Middle Street.

Hanover city directories would need further (local library) exploration to fill in the gaps for missing years:  John Feeser’s occupation in directory listings is shoemaker in 1881 – 1888, and the next directory found online is not until year 1898, when he is then listed as a photographer. But, according to a genealogical society publication on York area photographers, Feeser started in 1883 and son-in-law Joseph Poist took over in 1919 when John Feeser died. However, the 1910 Federal Census for Hanover gives John G. Feeser’s occupation as retail merchant at a [variety?] store with son-in-law Joseph, living next door, occupation photographer. So, unless John was working as both photographer and shoemaker at the same time, it would seem he started in the photography business sometime between 1888 and 1898, and then with his son-in-law taking over from him possibly as early as 1910. Here’s a brief timeline compiled from online records:

20 September 1849 – John G. Feeser born in Maryland to Daniel Feeser and Carolina Yengling[?] both also native to Maryland.

21 December 1879 – marriage to Sarah “Savannah” C. Yeiser at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Hanover, PA.

1881 -’82 – John Feeser, shoemaker, Fountain Square, corner of Frederick, Hanover.

1883 – ’84 – John G. “Fesser”, shoemaker, Fountain Square, corner of Frederick, Hanover.

1886 – John G. Feeser, shoemaker, Fountain Square, Hanover.

1887 – ’88 – John G. “Fesser”, shoemaker, Fountain Square, corner of Frederick, Hanover.

1898 – John G. Feeser, photographer. 24 Middle St., residence the same.

1900 – Federal Census, 26 E. Middle Street, Hanover, PA. John G. Feeser, photographer; wife Savannah C. Feeser, milliner; daughter Goldie M. Feeser, milliner; brother Frank Feeser, day laborer.

1910 – Federal Census, 26 Middle Street, Hanover, PA. John G. Feeser, retail merchant at a [variety?] store; wife Savannah C. Feeser, milliner; brother Frank [Y. or L.] Feeser, laborer[?] at a printing[?] office; Maria Weiser, mother-in-law to John. This census shows that John’s marriage to Savannah is his second marriage and her first. Living with them is the Poist family:  Joseph E. Poist, photographer; Joseph’s wife, Goldie M. Poist, retail merchant at a millinery store; their children, Francis M., Elbert J.[?] and Evelyn L. Poist.

September 15, 1919 – Death, John G. Feeser, Hanover, PA; occupation on death record is retired[?] shoemaker. Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hanover.

Note:  The website Find A Grave shows the gravestone photo for John G. Feeser with the date of death as September 16th, rather than the 15th. John’s entry has a link for his wife, Savannah C. (March 4, 1855 – April 24, 1927.)

Sources:  “Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 October 2015), John G. Feeser and Sarah C. Yeiser, 21 Dec 1879; citing Saint Matthews Lutheran Church,Hanover,York,Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 823,598.

Boyd’s York Directory, 1881 -1882. p. 242. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

York Area Photographers, 1840 – 1997. South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 1998. Google Books (snippet view).

Boyd’s York Directory, 1883 – 1884. p. 228. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

Boyd’s York Directory, 1887 – 1888. p. 313. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

Young’s York City & County Directory, 1886. p. 289. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

R. L. Polk & Co’s Directory for Hanover, 1898. p. 511. ( U. S. City Directories, 1822 -1989.)

Year: 1900; Census Place: Hanover Ward 1, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1501; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0150; FHL microfilm: 1241501. (

Year: 1910; Census Place: Hanover Ward 1, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1433; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0058; FHL microfilm: 1375446. ( Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963.

John G. Feeser, Memorial #136531756. (Find A Grave.)

Savannah C. Feeser, Memorial #136531665. (Find A Grave.) 

Anton Larson, Minneapolis Photographer

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Here’s the reverse side of the Cabinet Card in the prior post, and one of the many examples of the beautiful designs used by photographers for this time-period. Besides the ornate border, the center shows the photo artist’s initials, an “A” with a curving “L” entwined around it; a camera and artist’s easel in front of a shining sun; the motto underneath,  “I have engaged the sun to shine for me.”  This phrase was not exclusive to Larson, as it was found on the back of a Cabinet Card for the photographer Anderson in Richmond, Virginia (showing currently on Flicker.) The photographer’s name and address on our cabinet card shows as  “A. Larson. 313 Washington Ave. So., Minneapolis, Minn.”

Thankfully, A. Larson was identified in the Minneapolis city directories at this address under his full name of Anton Larson. And the 1900 Federal Census for the same city shows the most detailed information about the photographer and his family:

Anton Larson, was born August 1849 in Norway of Norwegian-born parents, occupation Photographer on the 1900 census. His wife Caroline, was born in Wisconsin, June 1853, the couple having been married in about 1882. They have two daughters, Amanda[?] W., born in Minnesota, March 1884, and Agnes, born in Minnesota, August 1888. Living with them at the time is boarder, Anna Olson and a domestic servant, Hannah Nydahl, both born in Norway. The address for the family is 2446 Chicago Ave, a home that the Larsons are paying mortgage on. The 1900 also gives Anton’s year of immigration as 1873, and shows he is a naturalized U. S. citizen.

A marriage record dated June 3, 1882, for the county of Hennepin appears to fit for the couple, showing the bride as Carrie Knuteson.

City directory listings from 1881 – 1905:

1881 – ’82:  Address 228 Washington Ave. S., boarding at the same address is J. H. Olson.

1882 – ’83:  313 Washington Ave. S., residence the same.

1884 – 1885:  307 & 313 Washington Ave. S., residence 1429 S. 7th.

1887 – 1905:  313 Washington Ave. S., residence 2446 Chicago Ave, with the exception of 1895 studio address given as 301 Washington Ave. S.

Sources:  Year: 1900; Census Place: Minneapolis Ward 8, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: 768; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0082; FHL microfilm: 1240768.

“Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 September 2015), Anton Larson and Carrie Knuteson, 1882.

C. Wright Davison’s Minneapolis City Directories. Years encompassing 1881 – 1905. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989).