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Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Cabinet Card from Mankato: Otto Brandt, ca. 1890

This is "Mr. Otto Brandt, 20 years old.". It also has the following message: "Send it to Emma."

The picture was taken at the Keene Studio in Mankato, Minnesota on 803 & 805 S. Front Street. The Minnesota Historical Society's Directory of Minnesota Photographers tells us that George Eldon Keene operated the studio (at this address) between 1888 and 1905.  I believe this is one of the earlier photographs out of that studio because the imprint is less ornate on the face of the card, without any studio information whatsoever on the back.

There are several possible matches in the 1900 US census (Minnesota) for Otto Brandt, born somewhere between 1868 and 1875, none specifically from Mankato.  The handwriting on the back, while in English, does have a European style.  This could mean Otto was born overseas.

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