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Information Picture Question
Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 5/31/2009
Family Surname: Isaac, Itzig
Country: Poland
Town: Budzyn? Posen?
Date of Image: c. 1868
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Photo long regarded by my family as depicting my ancestor Abraham Aaron Isaac, b. 1846 in Prussia (possibly in Budzyn). The photo may be matted on a non- contemporaneous hard back (with the word De Silva printed in the corner). Family lore had it that Isaac was a name-change from something like Bresh.

Handwritten vertically on the rear of the photo appears to be the name "Aron Itzig." Stamped on back is the name Alfred Goldschmidt, an address in Berlin, and what seems to be a telephone number. The issue is that I don't know of any family from Berlin, no less family that would have been there late enough to have had a phone number, and thus am very confused about the providence of the photograph.

Any information on the person depicted in the photograph, the possible name change, or Alfred Goldschmidt and the stamp on the reverse of the picture - or simply any suggestions for further research - would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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6/1/2009 Hi
It was common practice for the photographer's or the photo studio's stamp to be on the back of photographs of this era. I would strongly suggest that you consider looking at old Berlin address books or business directories to confirm the existance of the Goldschmidt photography premises during that time. Some of the old photographic studios have kept their portfolios by collectors. These can often be found online. This link has some collectors by regions. http://www.genealogy.net/
you need to click on "FOTOSTUDIOS" ... the site is in German and to view some of it you need to register to be able to login. It doesn't cost anything. From this site you can also find the old address books and business directories.
good luck
let me know how you get on.
Stephanie Benjamin
Sydney Australia
6/1/2009 Hi
It was common practice for the photographer's or the photo studio's stamp to be on the back of photographs of this era. I would strongly suggest that you consider looking at old Berlin address books or business directories to confirm the existance of the Goldschmidt photography premises during that time. Some of the old photographic studios have kept their portfolios by collectors. These can often be found online. This link has some collectors by regions. http://www.genealogy.net/
you need to click on "FOTOSTUDIOS" ... the site is in German and to view some of it you need to register to be able to login. It doesn't cost anything. From this site you can also find the old address books and business directories.
good luck
let me know how you get on.
Stephanie Benjamin
Sydney Australia
6/2/2009 It is the name/stamp from the photo-shop.

Aron made a visit in Berlin?
6/2/2009 I get the impression that Issaac might not even be a surname. If this was sent to family, they would already know the surname.
Perhaps the photographer from Berlin went to different places and took photos and then mailed them to those who posed for them? Or, maybe Aaron was in Berlin for a short time?
Good luck with this.
Barbara Adelman Seidman
NJ, USA
6/4/2009 it was quite usual for the photographer to stamp his name on the back of the picture (some had quite elaborate printed advertisements), both as marketing, and as a source of income, from reprints.
6/7/2009 Usually names and addresses stamped on photographs are those of the photographer. I can't say if that holds true in every case.
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