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    Posted 11 months ago

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    Here is a photograph I picked up this past year from a local estate. I loved all the beer advertising. The card board backing measure 14" x 11", and the image measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". Does anyone know weather there is a name for this size photo? I am assuming that the gentleman in the picture is Geo. H Walter. The building is decorated with bunting , flags and ribbons, as if for some sort of celebration. It is embossed on the cardboard mounting board Hoffman Studios, St Paul. The best part of the picture, is the young boy peering out window above Mr Walter. Any Ideal of the date of this photo? I picked up some more photographs from this sale including a bearded lady cabinet card and a archive of native american photographs that include tintypes, cabinet cards and photos up to the 1940's. I will post more as I get time.

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    1. bobby725 bobby725, 11 months ago
      Great photo! Wonder what the flag on the pole means, "Welcome V.M.S." ?
    2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 months ago
      Thanks Bobby725, I don't know what the V.M.S. stands for , but maybe someone will enlighten us?
    3. bobby725 bobby725, 11 months ago
      The calendar in the window has the month starting on a Wednesday, I think there is a way to find the year from that but I`m not the one to figure that out! LOL!
    4. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
      Great bar photograph! Format is typical of the late 1890s.

      Some great beer advertising in the image-- one I'd love to have as would many other!

    5. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
      Nice image. It's a trimmed 8x10 print. In regards to dating and other info, I suggest contacting the Yoerg Beer company via their website: In the Minnesota Historical Society website (, photographers are listed including a couple operated by Hoffman. One is in St. Paul (Albert Hoffman) and supposedly in operation 1898 - 99.
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 11 months ago
      Yes all my years printing photos the size standard was 8X10, so that fits in that range, I used to trim my photos also, when it called for it.
    7. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 months ago
      bobby725, I looked into the flag and couldn't anything on V,M,S, but it looks like a Fez with the Shriner logo on it.
    8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 months ago
      Scottvez, thanks for the comments. The beer advertising is what originally drew me to the picture, wouldn't we all love to have those signs today! But then all the details started popping out and I was hooked.
    9. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 months ago
      rniederman, thanks for the info, I did look into both web sites. I think the best candidate for photographer was A. C. Hoffman which would date the photograph to
      1903 - 1908.
    10. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 months ago
      PhilDMorris, Thanks for the Love and your comments. I always value your input.
    11. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 months ago
      keramikos, thanks for your time and effort. A lot of good info. I agree with your assessment of the photographer, probably A.C. Hoffman (1903 - 1908). And would also agree on the date of 1903, 4th of July. I also thought the V.M.S. sign looked like it had a Fez on, it after a little research think that is a Shriner Fez.
    12. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 months ago
      I would like to thank bobby725, rniederman, and keramikos for helping to put this one to rest. It takes a village!

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