Monday, December 5, 2011

Photo Number 727

This is a CdV from the antique shop in Dorset Minnesota.

CdV Pink Dorset I thought at first glace that this was a foreign photo.  I was wrong.  This CdV has a pink backing.  Samuel Van Grieken was the photographer in Keokuk Iowa.

Samuel Van Grieken was born in Holland in 1840 and came to America with his Grandparents in 1845.  He was an orphan.  While in New York City his Grandfather died.  When he was 13 years old he and his Grandmother moved to Keokuk Iowa..and he remained there throughout his life. He died in 1893.

We do not know the name of the gentleman in the photo. I would guess that those were not his pants from the look of the thick hem. The vest is often called a waistcoat..I guess because it covers you to the waist.  In this case it appears to be a double breasted waistcoat or vest. 

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  1. According to one web source, the photographer was active in Keokuk, Iowa, 1857-c. 1880s. This means he started his career at the age of 17.

    Samuel Van Grieken, early day photographer, owned 1123 Bank St in the late sixties, early seventies. His daughter, Jennie married Melvin E. Justice, a Burlington RR office man.

    I wonder if this might be Mr. Justice?

  2. This photo interests me because of the artistic placement of curtain and tassels in the foreground. Gives a nice depth to the pic!

  3. Does anyone know what the item on the table is? It looks like an open book or something....

  4. It looks like a box to me - perhaps a jewery or cigar box? It's pretty fancy...

  5. I think it may be one of those fancy tintype cases, they are hinged like that. :)


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