Monday, June 06, 2005

Former Photographic Studios

From: JJouglet@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,I have a photograph and the name at the bottom says "Edward Fox Studio, 2003 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL. We think this photo is of my great-grandmother's sister Sofia and husband, from Sweden. My question is this, when a photographer goes out of business, does he send his negatives to another studio? Is there any way to trace this to identify the couple in the photo? Thanks.

DearJJ,
This is a good question, and we need help from other readers on this. My gut reaction is to believe that when a photographer goes out of business he is either:
-- deceased
-- out of money
-- overcome by ill health

None of the scenarios would lend itself to "sending negatives to another studio."

My understanding from a copyright point of view, is that the heirs retain the right.

As far as getting help with identifying old photographs:
-- Cyndi's List
http://www.cyndislist.com/photos.htm has a section on old photos including these sub-topics:
Dating Photographs
Identifying Photographers
Image Search Engines
Lost & Found
Mailing Lists, Newsgroups & Chat
Photo Archives, Collections and Libraries
Photo Restoration & Care
Photos - Miscellaneous
Preservation & Conservation
Publications, Software & Supplies
Vendors

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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