Ruth Meiser, wife of Jesse, in their Studio - c. 1900


Ruth Meiser, wife of Jesse, in their Studio - Meiser

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While Ruth Meiser is not credited on any of the Meiser photos I've seen, it was not uncommon for wives to work alongside their husbands in turn-of-the-last-century photography studios. The paired photos of her and her husband Jesse were actually both recorded on the same glass plate, a materials-saving practice made possible by movable backs on the old-time cameras. Note in detail view 2 the elaborate mechanism for raising and lowering the large camera she is demonstrating. (I also like the bear-skin rug - a staple in studios of that time.) -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0283
Photographer Jesse A. Meiser
Location Washington State
Subject Photography, Portraits
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 4.0 x 6.4 inches
Photographer's Number Number 260 (2 images on plate)