MORMON METEOR & AB JENKINS : EARLY INDIANAPOLIS 500 ; CHARLES BELL : TOWER : (1946)

This vintage photograph (lithograph) features a look at racecar driver, AB Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor. In the 1930’s, Ab Jenkins built three successive versions of the Mormon Meteor. The cars were built to break land speed records. Jenkins worked in conjunction with August Duesenberg to build the car. The automobile was powered by a modified Curtis Aircraft engine. Jenkins began breaking speed records in 1936. In 1937, he set a 24 hour record with an average of 157 mph. Interestingly, Ab Jenkins went on to become the Mayor of Salt Lake City (1940-1944). This image is part of a series (no.P8). The official race photographer was Chas J. Bell from Tower Studios.  (SOLD)

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BAND MEMBER AND HIS CLARINET IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

CLARINET MAN

This large format cabinet card features a thick bearded man wearing a band or fraternal uniform holding a clarinet at his side. His uniform suggests that he is a member of a band or a fraternal organization. He is wearing a bag strapped over his left shoulder. Could that bag be his clarinet case? This photograph was produced by the Newcomb studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photographer Scott Newcomb operated out of the 162 South Main Street address listed on the bottom of this cabinet card. According to reference site Langdon Road, Scott Newcomb was a photographer in Salt Lake from the 1890s until 1905. A photographer named Marion W. Newcomb (1851-?) also was active at an unknown address in Salt Lake City during the cabinet card era. It is likely that the two men were relatives as one source noted that a female photographer, Flossie Newcomb, was from a family of photographers in Salt Lake City. Flossie operated her own studio in Vernal, Utah in 1906 and married noted photographer Fred Hartsook.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN IN SPRINGVILLE, OR SPANISH FORK, UTAH (NOTED UTAH PHOTOGRAPHER)

Three young men pose for their portrait at the studio of G. Ed. Anderson, located in either Springville, or Spanish Fork, Utah. The guys may have come to the studio after work. The two seated men are wearing work boots and work gloves. They are also wearing dirty trousers. Interestingly, one of the guys is wearing a turtleneck, a garment not seen often in cabinet card photographs. An inscription on the reverse of the card identifies the men as Saul Clyde, Will Rowland, and John Whiting. It would be interesting to hear some of this sites visitors opinion as to what occupation these men may have occupied. Please leave a hypothesis if you have one. Photographer, George Edward Anderson (1860-1928) was a noted photographer for his portraiture and documentary photographs of early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temples. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was a photographer apprentice to renowned photographer Charles Roscoe Savage. At age seventeen, Anderson established a photography studio in Salt Lake City with two of his brothers. He then established a studio in Manti, Utah and in 1886, he moved his studio to Springville, Utah. Anderson became well known for his traveling tent studio which he set up in small towns throughout central, eastern and southern Utah. During that time he did an excellent job of documenting the lives of residents in the years 1884 to 1907. Although best known for his portraits, Anderson took many documentary photographs of homes, barns, businesses, Temples, mines and railroads. He went to England on his Church of Latter Day Saints mission in 1909 to 1911. After his mission, he set up a photography studio in South Royalton, Vermont, which is near the birthplace of LDS prophet Joseph Smith. In 1913, he returned to his home and family in Springville. He returned to financial and marital problems and tried to revive his traveling tent studio but met little success. The later years of his life were spent documenting families and life in Utah Valley and traveling to photograph newly constructed temples. Anderson received most of his recognition long after his death. A collection of his works is housed at Brigham Young University library.

Cute Girl and her Doll in Salt Lake City, Utah

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This terrific Cabinet card captures an adorable young girl and her doll. She seems a little apprehensive about her big day at the photographer. This Cabinet card was photographed  by J. A. Christenson of  Salt Lake City, Utah.

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