PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH PIERCING EYES IN VAN WERT, OHIO

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This photograph makes wonderful use of lighting to create this sharp crisp image of a very pretty young woman with piercing eyes. Note the subject’s bonnet and rose corsage. The photographer is Jeremiah F. Rank (1847-1913) and he was born in Shelby, Ohio. He learned the trade of photography from I. S. Hartsock in Van Wert, Ohio, in 1872. After being trained, he quickly bought Hartsock’s studio and operated the business until 1892 when he sold the gallery. After traveling around the United States for two years, he opened galleries in Schuyler and Lincoln, Nebraska. He eventually returned to Van Wert and opened another studio there. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Rank”.

Published in: on July 25, 2014 at 11:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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SISTERLY LOVE: PORTRAIT OF EMMA AND CLARA HOLST IN AVOCA, IOWA

IOWA GIRLS_0007The Brandt Brothers studio in Avoca, Iowa, produced this family portrait. Emma and Clara Holst are identified in an inscription on the reverse of the photograph. The two young women are wearing nice dresses with flowers pinned to just below their shoulders. Research reveals that Emma Holst was born in 1878 and Clara was born in 1881. Growing up, the sisters lived together in both Pleasant and Shelby, Iowa. Emma married Henry Sick in 1898. Sick was six years older than Emma. They had at least three children and in 1925 lived in Valley, Iowa.

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Published in: on February 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PROUD COUPLE AND A DIPLOMA IN VAN WERT, OHIO

A young couple poses for their portrait in this cabinet card photographed by J. F. Rank of Van Wert, Ohio. The man in the image is holding a rolled document that appears to be a diploma. He is dressed in formal clothing which suggests that the portrait may be a graduation picture. He has a fine handle bar mustache and is wearing a pocket watch. The woman in this picture is nicely dressed and well adorned with jewelry. Jeremiah F. Rank (1847-1913) was born in Shelby, Ohio. He learned the trade of photography from I. S. Hartsock in Van Wert, Ohio, in 1872. After being trained, he quickly bought Hartsock’s studio and operated the business until 1892 when he sold the gallery. After traveling around the United States for two years, he opened galleries in Schuyler and Lincoln, Nebraska. He eventually returned to Van Wert and opened another studio there. In 1874, Rank was married to Mary I. McBride of Oskaloosa, Iowa. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Rank”.