I love old pictures, and love to solve the mysteries associated with them. Who are the subjects? When was the photo taken? It doesn’t even have to be my own relatives in the picture – the challenge is just is fun. However, the reward of solving the mystery is greater when it is my own family, and it makes the individuals I’m researching come alive.
The photo above is quite a mystery. The picture recently came to me by way of my aunt, who had priceless treasures that she entrusted to my care. Here is what is known:
- Cormany photo studio, where the photo was taken, operated in Duluth, Minnesota from 1887 to 1888.
- The studio apparently moved locations in 1889, and continued 307 West Superior in Duluth through 1890.
- In 1894, the studio was situated in Minneapolis
- In the 1880s and 1890s, Cormany Studio had photographers in Princeton, Minnesota.
- The studio continued as late as 1914, when Gilbert Maggert published in the Princeton Union his rental of the studio’s premises and equipment “in all its locations”