The Man from Reading, PA – circa 1910

We have posted other stories related to the industrial and commercial powerhouse that was Reading, Pennsylvania.

Like other busy cities, Reading boasted numerous photography studios during the last quarter of the 19th century.

This is the first portrait I found from the Fritz Studio at 852 Penn Street.

Since that time, other photographic portraits from the Fritz Studio have been acquired.

Sadly, no intelligent and far-sighted individual inscribed the name of this man on the portrait.

Our hero wears a suit that fits him better than the attire of many men in vintage photographs.

His white shirt has a starched collar, but it is not as high and uncomfortable as those circa 1910.

We can assume that he was one of the thousands of young men who was pursuing a career in one of the many businesses of Reading.

A Plea from Social Historians:

Photographs commonly outlive the subjects in them; make notations on your photographs!


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