I thought it would be a fun idea to post one of my more challenging photos and let my blog readers have a chance to figure out who my mystery subject is without my speculations getting in the way. I will post what I know about the photograph and see what you can come up with.
Are you up for the challenge? Here's the picture:
There is only this inscription on the back of the photograph:
Provenance can help make connections and narrow down the research area. I found this photograph at an antique store on Vancouver Island, BC, in a pile of photos which contained a few identified pictures:
1) A portrait photo of Julius J. Neuman, taken at the Ridgeway Studio, Madision Wisconsin, circa 1900-1910. I've reunited this photo with a family member already. Julius moved to Saskatchewan, Canada sometime after the photo was taken.
2) A cabinet card photo of Louis A. Schilling and Ida Amelia Koch Schilling, taken at the H.F. Mielenz Studio in Stanton, Nebraska circa 1890s. This photograph has been reunited with a family member in Alabama.
3) A cabinet card photo of Fred Leuben, taken at the Sawyer Studio, Horicon, Wisconsin circa late 1880s-1890s.
The three photographs found with the mystery photograph must have some connection to each other, however remotely.
So, who is this mystery man?
I reunite identified family photos that I find in antique shops and second hand stores with genealogists and family historians. If you see one of your ancestors here and would like to obtain the original, feel free to contact me. Donations of pre-1920 photographs are also most welcome. I hope you enjoy your visit!