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Catalog Number 2000.001.0048
Object Name print, photographic
Description Sepia-tone photograph of a large white bearded man sitting on a chair in a studio. Wainscoting is in the lower background of the photo. The photo is taken to just below the knees. The gentleman is dressed in a three piece tweed suit. He has a gold watch fob and his shirt is closed with what appears to be a string tie (tied like a shoe with a bow at the neck) His hair is short and somewhat wavy. He is hatless and is not wearing glasses. There is a handkerchief peeking from the cost vest pocket. It is noteworthy that the subject has very large hands.

The cardboard which surrounds the photograph depicts a woodland scene in sepia.

The photographer at Warsaw identifies his palate with the dates: 1856-1893
Number of images 2
Title Melcher, Rufus
Collection Carpenter - Melcher, Rufus
Accession number 2000.001.
People Melcher, Rufus
Notes Photo appears in "Belleville 1814-1914" published by Arcadia 11/2004, p 35

NOTE from Judy Belleville: Melcher was a finish carpenter. See above for information on interior work at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville IL. Also see Neuhoff file (2000.029.). Melcher built the Neuhoff home on East D in Belleville.

NOTE: Melcher used turkey stone to sharpen his tools. See e-mail from Jack Wittlich dated 10/3/2003 re the use of turkey stone. e-mail in file with photo.

PHOTO NOTE: This photo appears in the record as a sepia and a grayscale