|Found: Wa-ben-o-qua, She-we-ta-gis-in, Qua-bas-en-oqua, Antigo, Wis. by A.J. Kinsbury copyright 1908.|
"Dear Lena -- We are in the Northern part of Wis. Fishing is low this week, we didn't get any fish.
We expect to be back home the end of the week. Will write a letter as soon as we get home.
With love too all from Aunt and Uncle"
Azo 7 EKD real photo postcard postmarked July 24, 1920 State Line, Wis.
We have come upon references to A.J. Kingsbury's un-politically correct portrayals of Native Americans: "Due to issues of cultural sensitivity, only 144 photographs, glass plate negatives, and postcards have been deemed appropriate by the Ojibwe and Menominee communities for display online." Still there are many that have been published in a small book titled Langlade County: Images of America by Richard Prestor and Joseph Hermolin published by Arcadia Publishing (April 2012). Would this portrait of Ojibwe or Menominee American Indians, possibly made near Antigo, be considered culturally insensitive? How'd that glistening barrel shot gun, glimmering Iron Cross (the punctum for us) and other western medals get there? Why is the central figure shrouded as if hiding? There is something haunting about the details even the text inked on to the negative so carefully--all of which seem obscure 110 odd years later. More mysteries are revealed upon close study of poses and personal construction of the subjects and pondering the text....