|UNKNOWN - OMAHA,
note: The above photo has been
by P. Davidson-Peters to clean up and enhance the
image. However, in doing so, some identifying
marks (edging, color etc.) which are helpful in
dating old photographs have been removed.
Therefore, we suggest you click
the photo to view Sandy (Fox) Whitney's unedited,
original scan to assist in dating
|In 2012 this album came into
the loving care of Sandy (Fox) Whitney, great
great granddaughter of Sarah (Stratton), wife of
Abraham Richard Fox who lived near Reelsville,
Putnam Co., Indiana. It is believed that all the
photos in the album are related to the Daily,
Fox, Stratton and Girton families although many,
such as this young man, are not identified.
This young man appears to be in his late
twenties and was photographed at the Grand
Central Gallery in Omaha. Given its close
proximity to Council Bluff, Iowa which is less
than ten miles away, and Missouri Valley, Iowa,
less than thirty-five, it's possible this
unidentified man may be a descendant of or
relation to the Fox family.
His sack suit with its small
lapel, bow-tie and slimmer trousers suggest his
image was photographed in the mid to late 1880s.
During this era, men who spent their days in
offices felt compelled to prove that
mental work had not made them
sissies and the formal wear began to
be replaced by the distinctively American,
casual-looking sack suit which was considered
much more masculine than the pleated
skirt of the frock coat. This new
look of softer shirts, lower collars under the
unadorned jackets, which were worn with similarly
narrow pants, a vest, bow tie and bowler hat,
became the standard dress for the middle-class,
white-collar men who might have worked in a bank,
governmental office or post office, as well as
farmers and ranchers who donned the suit to
conduct their business in town. Notwithstanding
the older men of rural areas who still wore
beard, the clean-shaven face (with or without
mustache) became the new fashion as men were
seeking a more go-getter appearance.
|Sandy is attempting to
identify all persons in the album and learn more
about each of them through additional research.
If you can help identify or add further
information to this photo, please contact us.
note about Grand Central Gallery in Omaha:
Edric L. Easton, Photographer and photographic
stock dealer was born 31 May 1838 in Franklin
Co., VT and was a direct descendant of John
Eaton, who arrived on the Mayflower. In about
1835 or 1836 and as early as age fifteen took up
the daguerreian profession where he pursued that
occupation in his native state for five years,
then moving to Omaha, Nebraska in 1856 where he
established a daguerreian gallery in Omaha's
Pioneer Block. He operated this intermittently
and spent much of 1858 and 1859 photographing
Mormon emigrants. He also owned a gallery across
the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa. During the war
he was a regimental photographer for the First
Nebraska Infantry, and in 1866 returned to Omaha
and established two galleries, one at the corner
of Fifteenth and Douglas and the other at 234
Farnum, between Thirteenth and Fourteenth
Streets. Around 1869 he sold the studio at
Fifteenth and Douglas, including his carte de
visite and stereograph negatives to William Henry
Jackson and in the early 1870s photographed many
scenic and panoramic views of Omaha from nearly
every conceivable point. He opened a new gallery
and from 1879 to 1892, his main gallery was
located at 1320 Farnam, but he also maintained
branch studios at 212 North 16th Street (1879)
and 613 South Thirteenth Street (1880) from 1879
until 1880 when George Heyn purchased perhaps one
branch of the galleries.
George Heyn, who was born in
Germany in 1856, came to America when he was
about fifteen years of age and learned
photography while in the East. After some years
employed in this profession, he removed to
Nebraska in early 1879 and located in Omaha where
he operated a photo gallery for Edric Eaton until
late 1880 when he purchased of Eaton.
Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The
Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary,
1840-1865 by Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R.
Kailbourn, Stanford University Press, 2005;
Everyday Life: Fashion." American Eras. Vol.
8: Development of the Industrial United States,
1878-1899. Detroit: Gale, 1997; Wisconsin
not lift or copy this photo without permission.
Kindly email with a request as we'd also be happy
to hear of your interest in this particular
When emailing, please provide the URL or
link to the photo you are inquiring or
writing us about. Thanks!
| Stratton & Fox Photo Album
Introduction and Index
| Photo Index
| The 1878 Sack Suit @ Wisconsin History
| Site Map | Search |
Updated 25 Jun 2014
Web Pages Designed & Maintained by P.
Davidson-Peters © 1999
All Rights Reserved.
|What's New | Biographies | Civil War | U.S. Census | Family Letters | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Photos | Email P. Davidson-Peters | PDP's Blog (Outside