Found: Evening Scene Near Eagle River, WI

Found: Evening Scene Near Eagle River, Wisc. copyright 1909 by A.J. Kingsbury, Antigo, Wisconsin
postmarked July 23, 1910. Printed on verso: "This post card is a real photograph"
The photographer, Arthur J. Kingsbury (1876-1956), from Antigo, Wisconsin photographed scenes around northern Wisconsin in the early part of the 20th century.  A "classy new book" called Langlade County by Joe Hermolin includes his postcard photographs and we could find it only on eBay. According to researchers, Kingsbury photographed exclusively in the real photo post card format and operated a Kodak store for decades.  His photographic subjects included "local Indians" (mainly members of the Menominee and Ojibwa tribes), logging camps, the railroad, and growing tourism industry. A fire destroyed his studio in 1967 along with 60 years of photographs yet the nearby county historical society is working to preserve and disseminate his work.
Photographer Arthur J. Kingsbury of Antigo, Wisconsin travelled extensively
 in northern Wisconsin and Michigan to photograph everyday using
the real photo post card format, circa 1900
Kingsbury with Big Pat, Big George Sky and Na Wa Kwe of Lac du Flambeau
 and their wigwams  circa 1910


  1. Anonymous01:42

    Great job on a great idea. Thanks. - Tom Pederson, Green Bay, WI USA

  2. This is a fabulous project and I was excited to see that you highlighted some images from A. J. Kingsbury. I had the opportunity to work with Joe Hermolin and the Langlade County Historical Society on a project to digitize photos and postcards from this collection, some of which are now online here: http://content.mpl.org/langlade Joe and students from the Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums course at UW-Madison's library school interviewed Menominee and Ojibwe tribal historic preservation officers to help identify some of the individuals in the photos. For example, the three men above are Big Pat, Big George Sky and Na Wa Kwe of Lac du Flambeau, WI.

  3. We have posted the names on the photograph on our blog. Very happy to hear efforts are underway to catalog and give meaning to Kingsbury's work. Please feel free to post other information you'd like to get out there here!

  4. He was my great grandfather

  5. He was my great grandfather