We'll end our week of Earl Conser photos with this playful image. It was badly faded and the negative printed reversed, but after correction you can see someone has written "Katzenjammers Kid" on the railroad milepost. Earl Conser's caption says, "Ancient and honorable four original Katzenjammers Mosier 1900 1901".
"The Katzenjammer Kids" was a comic strip of the era. I wish we knew why they identified with these comic strip characters.
We have many more wonderful Earl Conser images ready to share, but I'll space them out so you don't get overwhelmed.
This has been a wonderful week. I for one wouldn't mind being overwhelmed Arthur.
Marilyn on 9th December 2016 @ 8:37am
I agree with Marilyn. Quite exciting to be overwhelmed by HHR photos.
L.E. on 9th December 2016 @ 9:10am
these guys look like trouble on town visits.....best to keep them out on the survey line....... agree, it has been a GREAT week Arthur. thank you,
Arlen Sheldrake on 9th December 2016 @ 9:33am
I have >25 more Earl Conser posts prepared, but I'll give you a little rest before batch #2.
Arthur on 9th December 2016 @ 10:59am
Just eching the praise -- these have been perhaps the best material I've seen here yet, or at least the most emotionally engaging. The photographer knew what he was doing. They look so ... current. There's a wealth of subtext, emotion, and personality in the subjects that's incredibly rare in photos from ~1900. Can't wait for the rest.
Kyle on 9th December 2016 @ 12:41pm
What are the four looking at, as if they are in love? It's not the photographer.
Is there an actress on the train? From Wikipedia...
"The Katzenjammer Kids characters initially appeared outside comics in a handful of live-action silent films, the first released in 1898. This first film, titled The Katzenjammer Kids In School was made for the Biograph Company by William George Bitzer. This film was followed in 1900 by another Bitzer-Biograph film, The Katzenjammer Kids in Love."
Wouldn't it be cool, if that milepost was still lying amongst the rocks somewhere?
My grandparents loved the Katzenjammer Kids.
L.E. on 9th December 2016 @ 2:03pm
Hey! Whose hand is on the shoulder of the guy on the left??
And the guy in the middle....his hands are funny looking.
L.E. on 9th December 2016 @ 5:45pm
That is weird. All the arms are accounted for.
Laurel on 9th December 2016 @ 7:14pm