Just the other day I posted a few photos of young men and reader Mike Brubaker pointed out the “gleaming camera” used in the backmark. Here again is a gleaming camera plus an added cherub on the backmark for J. R. Fisher of Fremont, PA. Notice that the backmark says “Yours truly, J. R. Fisher…” I have never seen that, as though the photographer has sent the CdV himself as a note or as the proverbial visiting card. I believe this particular photo can be dated to the 1870s due to the rounded corners and oval masking of the photo.
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Fremont, PA is now Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA. Its located nearish to Selinsgrove in the middle of the state.
His gravestone is in FindAGrave.
Private John R Fisher. Born Jul 1838, died at the age of 66 on Nov. 21, 1904. Civil War Veteran. Served with Co. C 210th Pa Infantry Sep 1864 to May 1865.
Saint Johns Cemetery
Mount Pleasant Mills, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
Sometimes I wonder what made them pick the styles and writing on the back..does the Angel and the Star have any meaning? Perhaps he meant he was a bit of an angel:)
I’m honored to get a mention. The gleam and star might indeed have some fraternal or masonic symbolism. But the camera seems a rare illustration of the tools of Mr. Fisher’s occupation. Perhaps it was used for his studio sign and advertisements as a way of being different from the other photographers.