favorable oddsThe gentleman in this photograph has the good fortune to be posing for his portrait with four lovely and well dressed women at the Field studio in Berlin, Wisconsin. One wonders how these five individuals are related. Are they friends? Could they be family? Are they attendees at a match.com stir event? The nature of their relationship is unknown but it is clear that at least two of the women in this image are “swingers”. That is, they are sitting on a swing. The photographer of this image is Julius Herman Field. He was born in 1869 in Waupun, Wisconsin. He was interested in photography and was self trained but talented enough to win photography contests and publish his images. He eventually was trained by a Waupun photographer and soon bought a studio in Berlin. He hired an assistant named Minnie Bell Dies (1879-1971). She eventually became his wife. In 1913 the couple moved to Fayettville, Arkansas where he continued to work as a photographer. He attended the University of Arkansas, graduating in 1933. In 1936 he died after a series of heart attacks. He was cited in the American Amateur Photographer (1905) and in other photographic publications. Many of his photographs are held in the University of Arkansas Library collections.

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