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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    ohikkoshi wrote on Jun 13, '10
    Stoltz studio = Sam Stoltz.

    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Apr 24, '10
    Great info along with the great pics, vlad. Wonderful to learn about Emily Gallagher in particular. Thanks very much!

Chicago: Daguerre, Northwest Studios, Pondelicek, Stoltz    Apr 24, '10 3:31 AM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld #296


Daguerre Studio
Time Period: 1910s-1930s (?)

“I've never prepared a profile for Daguerre Studio, Chicago, in part because I've never tracked down certain essential information about its formation and conduct. But I should convey one crucial piece of information about this south-side Chicago institution--all of these portraits were done by Emily Gallagher, who rivaled Mabel Sykes, as the premier female performing arts photographer in the city. Women performers, particularly those with artistic aspirations, sought out sittings with her for sensitivity as a portraitist. During the later 1920s she taught portraiture in sessions at the national conventions of professional photographers.

Mabel Sykes was Melvin's wife, and then ex-wife. They divorced circa 1920. Melvin was apparently somewhat overbearing. Mabel with Valentino's favorite portrait photographer in the city, and did two famous sittings with her. (These have her well known circular copyright insignia.) Melvin did a fair amount of early film portrait work.”
© David S. Shields


Northwest Art Studios
Time Period: 1910s (?)
Location: Chicago

Northwest Studios produced a wide range of nude photographs in the 1920's, mostly in the studio setting, which were advertised in various magazines as "art studies" for use instead of live models.


James Wallace Pondelicek
Time Period: 1910s-1920s
Location: Chicago

“James Wallace Pondelicek enjoyed a decade of national notice as a pictorialist figure photographer showing female-dryads in Greek dress or nude dancers cavorting on the Lake Michigan dunes. He identified himself with the self-conscious artistry of the Greek dance movement pioneered by Isadora Duncan, and generated as many images of barefoot ecstatic women embracing nature in the open air as Arnold Genthe did. The national magazines began embracing his work shortly after World War I, and in 1921, he formed a partnership--Pondelicek-Conklin--designed to supply template photographs for magazine illustrators. But he could perform as much aesthetic magic with his soft focus lens as an illustrator could with his brush on a photograph. (Only G. M. Kesslere and Hal Phyfe managed careers as both illustrators and photographers.) Pondelicek's love of beautiful women eventually proved his downfall. His wife abandoned him after an affair with a model. The model, too, would have nothing to do with him. In despair, he committed suicide, a victim of the libertarian impulses of the jazz age.”
© David S. Shields

Stoltz studio
Sam Stoltz

Time Period: 1920s-1925
Location: Chicago

Innovative artist, decorator and builder who lived and worked in Winter Park.
He was known as the "world's greatest poultry painter."

"Born in 1876, Sam Stoltz was destined to design some truly imaginative and unique homes in and around Orlando. He may have grown up on the family farm in Humbolt, Nebraska where his Pennsylvania Dutch parents had settled, but his architectural and decorative creations in Central Florida continue to be of great interest today.

Stoltz left the family farm at an early age in order to study Commercial Art in Chicago. He returned home briefly, but later moved back to Chicago to embark on his career. Here, he worked at different advertising companies, many times in the position of art director. Eventually, he established his own art studio, where he produced original drawings, oil paintings, and portraits. That same year (1911) he also married a young woman who had been his favorite art model, Patti Jo Walker.

Although Stoltz had no formal education or training in architecture, he had an understanding of construction and design. The first home that he designed was located in Winnetka, Illinois, and it was built for he and his wife. Their second home was located in Highland Park, Illinois, and it featured the characteristics that would come to recognized as the hallmarks of a Sam Stoltz design: cathedral ceilings, stucco, masonry, and the feature that would become his signature: a huge stone fireplace. It was here that Stoltz also began to incorporate landscape architecture in his designs.

The couple moved to Central Florida in 1925, settling in Orlando. The first homes that he designed here were a style that he termed "Spanish Orlando". He also began to incorporate aspects of Florida's natural beauty into his creations; birds, fish, and other wildlife began to adorn these homes. Then, his interests were drawn to the community of Mount Plymouth, Florida. Here he created perhaps his best known homes, which he dubbed the "Plymouthonians". These homes are described as having a unique Tudor-style, and featured fireplaces, dramatic roofs and chimneys, fountains and waterfalls made from coquina rocks. His "Plymouthonian No. 2" is said to have surpassed any of previous creations!

While probably best known for his residential designs, Stoltz also employed his artistic and decorative skills to enhance many local business interiors. He created installations, paintings and murals for locations including: Fidelity Title & Loan Company, the Angebilt Hotel, and the Orlando Chamber of Commerce. Most of these creations featured the flora and fauna of Florida, as well as the history of the state.

In the late 1920s, Stoltz began accepting jobs in Winter Park. One of the homes that he designed is located at 868 Golfview Terrace. It was commissioned by Mr. Miles Dawson of New York, who requested a "Spanish-type" house. This home offers Stoltz's characteristic textured stucco, coquina-like stone trim, and a rock fountain. Another home that is attributed to Stoltz is located 843 Palmer Avenue. The exterior of this home features stones that have been inserted decoratively into the the stucco, arched doorways and a large fireplace.

In the 1930s, Stoltz purchased several acres of land in Winter Park, which were located on the southern shore of Lake Maitland. They left their home in Orlando and moved into a cottage that was situated on one of the properties. A studio was later added onto the rear of the cottage, and it was here that he created oil paintings, murals, vases, lamps, glass and tile creations and other decorative pieces. He also continued to design the dramatic stone fireplaces for which he was so well known. As the years went by, the Stoltzs added more Winter Park properties to their holdings.
Stoltz died at his Winter Park home on December 10th, 1952. He was 76 years of age."

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