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Catalog Number 2000.001.0032
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Sepia tone studio photograph of a couple standing in front of an outdoor forest backdrop. The man is seated and there is a bowler hat at his feet. He is wearing a dark three piece suit, white shirt. No tie is visible. His coat and vest have lapels and there is a white triangle handkerchief in the jacket breast pocket. His watch fob chain is visible. He has short dark hair left parted and a handlebar mustache. One hand is folded on a left knee and the other on the right knee is stretched out. The man has very large hands.

The woman standing at his side has dark hair which is curly at the crown and the remainder pulled back into a bun at the top of her head. Her dress is dark and has a very fitted bodice with a drop waistline and very fitted sleeves. The dress is buttoned off center over the right breast and follows to the center of her waistline. The dress has a cowl neckline white is lined in white as are the hems of her sleeves. She is wearing a wide gold chain in a close link and it appears to be holding a small round watch. The underskirt of the dress is soft pleated the top skirt is drawn up to the waist at the right. The edge is lined with a dark satin ribbon. She is holding a black umbrella. Both are unsmiling.
Number of images 1
Date ca 1890
Title Kaltwasser, Frederick and wife
Collection Kaltwasser, Frederick and wife
Accession number 2000.001.
People Kaltwasser, Frederick
Kaltwasser, Katherine
Notes Patentee - Patent awarded to Frederick Kaltwasser in 1879 for "an improvement in the construction of buildings". See U. S. Patent Records Annual Report for 1879.

1877 Belleville City Street Directory - Frederick Kaltwasser, truck manufacturer and dealer in bags, valises, etc. ss W. Main, 9 doors west of Public Square, res same.

1884 Belleville City Street Directory - Frederick Kaleidoscope, patentee, res over 120 W. Main St.

1915 Belleville City Street Directory
Fred (wife Katherine) res 323 N. Silver

Interview with Virginia Krebs Kaltwasser Blair 1/19/1975 (Judy Belleville)
Virginia married Elmer Kaltwasser who died of pneumonia 11/27/1918 -- a third generation American. His family were small farmers in Germany but Frederick (Elmer's grandfather) wanted to be a merchant in America. The family emigrated in the early 1870s. Elmer remembers his grandfather as fastidious and his grandmother as exquisite in looks. His grandfather was "shortsighted" and wore an eyeglass when out of his home and glasses at home! He was interested in technology -- it was the "way to be" in the 1880s.


Advocate newspaper 11-13-1883 - Stove Pipe, Fittings & Fastening Co. Inc.
Capitol stock of $900. J. J. Heidinger, H. Abend & F. Kaltwasser