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September 27, 2017

1948 (?) - 1954 (?) Simmons Studio and Other Adult Portraits Unknown

Seventy years after they were abandoned, the building’s current owner, Ben Pierce, found the negatives and donated them to the Historical Society. We are in the process of turning these negatives into positives and publishing them online. New pictures will be added frequently.


Hopefully, people visiting this blog will find pictures of family members (or maybe themselves.) Please leave comments if you know anything about the pictures you see. Most of them are unlabeled so we could use any help we can get in identifying people or scenes.

Pictures will be added periodically








Buddy Baker commented on this man's attire. "When I was a kid (in the 1920s), it was common for men to dress up by putting a suit coat over their overalls."




Name written on negative - Schott

Inscribed on the verso of this photograph is the girls name and age, “Bessie Strodes Aged 9 years”. Preliminary research did not find find much information about little Miss Strodes. The 1910 US census listed a Bessie Strodes that resided in Kansas, Missouri (58 miles from Warrensburg). She was born in 1894 and at the time of the census was a sixteen year-old lodger working as a saleslady in a drug store.No information was located concerning the photographer, A. Hinkel.
ADDENDUM: A blog (http://1973whsreunion.blogspot.com/) focusing on the history of Warrensburg is using this photograph and did further research on Hinkel. The blog reports that the photographer of this cabinet card was Adam Hinkel, who was born in Germany in 1833. He immigrated to the United States in 1852 and married Christiana Schaefer (1833-1899). Hinkel died in Warrensburg in 1901.



Simmons Studio was located on the top floor at 209 N. Holden during the 1940s. For many years, citizens of Warrensburg hired the photographer to record the images or events that were important to them. When the business closed, he left negatives behind that documented life in Warrensburg during that era.
Seventy years after they were abandoned, the building’s current owner, Ben Pierce, found the negatives and donated them to the Historical Society. We have begun the process of turning these negatives into positives and publishing them online. New pictures will be added frequently.

From Peggy Nuckles's Blog - Link Below
Hopefully, people visiting this blog will find pictures of family members (or maybe themselves.) Please leave comments if you know anything about the pictures you see. Most of them are unlabeled so we could use any help we can get in identifying people or scenes.
This is the only color picture in the collection. It shows just the corner of the building where Simmons Studio was located. You can see the sign hanging above the car. The next door business, Shively’s, is more prominently featured. This building recently housed ‘The Flower Pedlar’ and is currently ‘The Game Place.”
Does anyone know who the boy is? What about the make, model, and year of the car?

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