Lomen Bros Alaska Photograph Signed Framed 1915 Bering Sea Art Nouveau
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Lomen Bros Alaska Photograph Signed Framed 1915 Bering Sea Art Nouveau:
Lomen Bros. signed and framed photograph of Ice Floes on the Bering Sea. Circa 1915 , original. This picture was given in 1928 at a masquerade ball in Alaska to a couple that lived there building the radio station and has stayed in the family ere since. It is not in the Archives of the Studio. Signed and titled and number #1004. Very cool Art Nouveau frame - frame has wear and damage. Fishemen in a boat (Oomiak) on the Bering Sea. Measures 17 inches by 14 inches outside edge. Here is some History on the Lomen Brothers courtesy of Glenbow Museum - Thank you
Carl Lomen, 1880-1965, and his father, Gudbrand J. Lomen, 1854-1934, who were from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA went on vacation to Nome, Alaska, USA in 1900, at the height of the Alaska gold rush. Gudbrand did some legal work there and Carl some gold prospecting, and eventually the two decided to make an extended stay. After a brief period in St. Paul over the winter of 1902-1903, Carl and Gudbrand returned to Alaska to settle. Shortly afterwards they were joined by Carl's mother, Julie, three of his brothers, Harry, Ralph and Alfred, and a sister, Helen. In 1908 the brothers entered into partnership and bought a photo studio with Harry as manager. Equipment and photos from several Alaskan photographers were purchased for the studio, and Alfred soon became main photographer. A year later the brothers bought a drug store with Ralph as manager. Photos from the studio were sold as postcards, and the images, which included those of Inuit, were in demand for many publications. Ralph also operated a studio in Iditarod, Alaska for a few years. The Nome photo studio was destroyed by fire in 1934. From 1913 to 1934 the Lomens also invested in a reindeer herd and shipped meat to the USA by sea.
Although the studio burned in 1934, the best negatives had been in secure storage at the site and were removed from the fire and shipped to Seattle. They were eventually bought by a dealer, Shorey's Book Store.
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