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by Maureen A. Taylor

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# Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Contest Winner Revisited
Posted by Maureen

Last week I wrote about Juliann Hansen's photo of men dressed like Native Americans. It's definitely a mystery. No real breakthroughs this week.

Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad found another collection of Cincinnati Butcher Supply Company material at the University of California at Davis. A small group of material was donated by the Schmidt family in 2001. Alas...the photos in the collection date from the 1920s to 1950s, too late to be related to the men in the original image.
 
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Juliann's cousin Peggy is also curious about this photo. She owns a copy of an 1890 portrait of the men who worked at the Cincinnati Butcher Supply.

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I studied the two photos and didn't see any faces that jumped out at me as being the same men. A Nov. 17, 1939, article in the Cincinnati Times contained this image with a caption identifying a few of the men. The problem is, the caption was wrong. The middle boy is definitely Oscar Schmidt, Juliann's grandfather.

So right now there are no answers. I'm back to considering fraternal organizations. The degree of undress in the first image suggests that women weren't present. Too scandalous for their delicate temperaments <smile>.



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  • 1900-1910 photos | men | organizations | props in photos
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:46:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [2]
    Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:20:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
    My thought is that they belonged to an organization "Order of the Red Men". However, I have never researched this group!
    Joanne Calvert
    Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:23:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
    That's a really good theory, Joanne! I found a website that goes in depth about the "Improved Order of Red Men" here: http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/fraternalism/red_men.htm

    The only thing is that they seem a little more modestly dressed in their photos, but hey, maybe this chapter was a little more lively!

    Maureen, I look forward to your column every week. Keep up the great work!
    Comments are closed.