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# Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Identifying Children in Photos
Posted by Maureen

The imprint of photographer S. Adamkiewicz appears on this photo of two towheaded boys, but questions still mount up for owner Annette Gathright and led her to post the photo on the Photo Detective Forum.



Who are the boys and when did they pose for this darling picture? Gathright’s family lived near Adamkiewicz's studio in Chicago's Polish neighborhood. Her uncle Norbert claims the boys are his uncles. Reading the clues requires a two step approach: Research the photographer and sort out the family facts.

The photographer is the easy part. I quickly located Adamkiewicz in the 1910 US census using the HeritageQuest Online (free through many public libraries). Stanley Adamkiewicz, then 34, listed his occupation as photographer, his birthplace as Russia/Polish and his immigration year as 1892. I couldn’t find him in the 1900 census, but he appears again in 1920 with a different occupation. That gives this picture a tentative time frame of 1892 to 1920.

Gathright thinks the photo was taken before her great-grandparents died in 1907. So she examined her tree for two boys born a few years apart, who’d be about age of this pair between 1907 and 1920.

She’s found at least two candidates who lived in the neighborhood of Adamkiewicz's studio: Stanislaus “Edward” Dittman (born 1893) and his brother Aloysius “Otto” (born 1898) fit the criteria. If the portrait were taken in 1906, Ed would be 8, and Otto, 3.

The high, starched collars, short pants and high-buttoned boots in this photo fit the time frame. Just to be sure, Gathright should ask her uncle for a few more details. It’s important to ask for specifics when talking about photos: Your relative knows who he or she means by “Grandpa,” but later, when you’re confronted with several possibilities on a family tree, you’ll probably wish you had a name.

If you have access to Chicago city directories, you can help us find the final fact—check to see if S. Adamkiewciz is listed as a photographer before 1910, then post it in the comment section of this blog.


1910s photos | children | photographers imprints
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 8:42:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [4]
Saturday, August 04, 2007 5:00:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The Illinois Photographers Index
www.rootsweb.com/~ilphotos/phtoginx.htm
lists American Photo Art Studio (S. ADAMKIEWICZ), 685 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL (1906)

fM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 4:35:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
FHL Film 1759636, Chicago City Directory, 1905, p. 146

Adamkiewicz Stanley photog 685 Milwaukee av
Cynthia R
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 4:40:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
1759634 Chicago City Directory, 1903, p. 146

Adamkiewicz Stanley photog, 685 Milwaukee av
Cynthia R
Saturday, May 17, 2008 11:04:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Besuchen Sie bitte meine Internetseite, ich habe dort auch ein Foto von Stanislaw Adamkiewicz aufgenommen.
Proszę odwiedzić także moją Hompage www.fotorevers.eu Umieściłam tam wielu emigrantów do Ameryki. Wszystkie fotografie z amerykańskich atelier, przedstawiają emigrantów z Europy.
Dobra strona internetowa. Pozdrowienia z życzeniami dalszej dobrej pracy Dana Thiel-Melerska
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