No. 1. 8 1/8 x 5" photo on 12 x 9 flat card with
no studio markings on front. Subject: interior of what appears
to be a butcher shop. Standing behind the counter are a man
and three boys, ranging in age from about 10 to 18. All are
wearing white ³butcher shop² jackets. The oldest of the
three boys, who is standing with his hand on a wall telephone,
has a watch fob on his vest and looks to be wearing a
graduation mortarboard. There is a calendar on the wall from
Bankers Reserve Life Company, Omaha.
It is turned to April, and the first day of the month falls on a Sunday. I can¹t lay my hands on the chart that would help me determine what year that might have been, but photo looks like it could be the 1920s. Next to the calendar is a handwritten sign that includes the words ³butter,² ³Swift,² ³cottage cheese,² ³milk² and some other words I cannot make out.
On the back of the photo is a rubber stamp that says ³--Duplicate Orders Filled ‹C.P. Michael Photographer, Norfolk, Neb.² Handwritten on the back is the following: # 6904, Breitkreutz, 1.40 for Two² or that last may say ³1.40 for Five.² I don¹t believe any of the people on the photo are from our immediate Breitkreutz family, so, who in the world are they?
# 2. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2² photo printed on postcard backing
as was popular from about 1915 to about 1925 or so. The photo
of four women was taken in a studio with a painted backdrop.
Seated in front is Mrs. Ernst H. (Amelia Lierman) Breitkreutz,
who looks to be in her 50s.
# 3. 4 x 5 1/5² photo on4 1/4 x 6 1/2² cabinet card
marked with Kortright Co. Studio, Wayne, Neb. And with a
decorative ³Kortright & Craven Art Gallery, Wayne, Neb.
Photography² design on the card back. Card and clothing, plus
estimated ages of known individuals, suggest a time period
from late 1800s to very early 1900s.
Subject: Couple in their 50s or 60s photographed against a painted backdrop that appears to have been set up outdoors because the floor appears to be grass. Written on the back is the name, ³Mr. And Mrs. Ferd Melcher, Wyoming.²
This picture is an exact match to a photograph of Ernst W. and Amelia (Lierman) Breitkreutz of Wisner, Cuming County, Neb., suggesting very strongly that the photographs were taken at the same time. We are anxious to discover who Mr. And Mrs. Ferd Melcher are.
No. 4. 5 9/16 x 3 7/8² studio photo on 8 x 6²
beveled edge card with ³frame² embossed around photo and C.
Traulsen, Wisner, Neb.² studio logo embossed on front. Photo
appears to have been taken sometime between 1890 and 1905.
Subject: Eight people in two rows, all but one of whom we have
been able to identify. I have named them by their relationship
to Ernst H. Breitkreutz of Wisner, NE.
Photo No. 5.3 7/8 x 5 1/5² photo on brown 4 3/8 x 6 1/2² beveled edge cabinet card w/ embossed logo of Langer studio, West Point, Neb. Subject; head and shoulders of young man which appears to have been taken about 1893. He has a mustache (almost handlebar) and short hair almost as short as the flat top styles of the 1950s. Written on the back of the card is ³Fred Punkey.² We have no idea who this is.
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