I've been away a very long time. I have excuses....work, my spouse's health issues, my own laziness, etc. I've missed looking at old photos and more importantly doing the research to find what I can to determine the who, what, when, and where they occurred. My first foray back into the mix will be simple with this photo of two 1894 St. Cloud, MN women wearing hats and coats. I always find it interesting that people wore coats in their formal photographs. In this particular photo on the back it says, " Dec 21th, 1894, Jane Whitelsy Mitchel & Mary."I could not find any trace of Jane Whitelsy.
The photographer was Fritz who had an address on Germain Street. If you look closely you can see embossed on the right side, "Fritz, St, Cloud. This is most likely John J. Fritz, born in July 1868 to Andrew and Mary Fritz. Both parents emigrated from Germany. He married Anna Hammerell whose parents also came from Germany. They are seen in the 1902 St. Cloud census with children Willfred, Hugo, Robert and Margaret. He died on 28 Jul, 1918 at the age of 50.
Photographers were experimenting with different types of photo presentation in this period. This particular one is about the size of a CDV and has saw-tooth edges on each side. The back side shows the names of the subjects.