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Photographs2203 of 4324Old photos of trains, horses and wagons...Wright and Disston  office Boston 1900
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Posted 4 years ago


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Hello, I've had these in my collection for awhile and have not been able to find out who this artist is and what time period they were taken, they were done in Lexington Ky. I think in the mid 1870s. Anyone know who this artist was? Thanks

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Isaac Carl Jenks is the photographer.

    Here is a link to a discussion on him that includes mention of him being "the first outdoor photographer in Lexington" (NO source cited):

    The hand written backmarks are unusual on the photographs. I would agree on time period of being 1870s to early 1880s.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    The ancestory site also mentions Civil War service in the Michigan Cavalry.

    Here is basic service information on him from HDS:

    Isaac C. Jenks

    Residence was not listed; 27 years old.

    Enlisted on 10/5/1863 at Cohoctah, MI as a Wagoner.

    On 10/7/1863 he mustered into "B" Co. MI 11th Cavalry
    He was discharged on 6/16/1865 at Knoxville, TN


  3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    One final note. The subjects appear to be "trick shot artists". Many of these performed in "Wild West" style shows and some traveled on their own. I would suspect that both are in fact caucasian and Native Americans. I do not immediately recognize them (the man looks slightly familiar, but there were many long haired men doing this in the late 19th century), but with detailed research you may be able to identify both of them.

  4. Fritziii, 4 years ago
    Thanks Scott!! I'll have to do some more research on the individuals and artist,!thanks for the help and pointing me in the right direction.

  5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Glad to help. Post #3 should have read "I would suspect that both are in fact caucasian and NOT Native American.

    Good luck with your research-- keep us posted.


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