Thursday, August 2, 2012

Carroll & Susan Miller Family Record by Kurz & Allison Art Publisher 1890's

While sorting through more of Mom and Dad's family pictures I ran across this Family Record Document of The CK Miller Family. I got this from Mom and made copies. This copy is cut off at the top where Carroll and Susan are listed as the parents and also 2 other children on each side of them. The photo's of the children range from the oldest at the top to the youngest at the bottom. There were 11 children over 25 years
Named Alphabetically
Amy 12/21/1890-01/19/1959
Barton 11/28/1892-2/1/1974
Cleo 9/5/1884-10/7/1981
Dorothy 2/15/1896
Elton 5/28/1898-3/15/1959
Fern 11/30/1900-4/1980
Gladys 12/27/1902-12/12/1993
Hazel 6/20/1905-11/10/1984
Ina 1/20/1908-4/11/1987
Joy 3/20/1912
Katherine 2/10/1915
Mom's Mother is in the upper right hand side-Amy Cecile

I wondered today where this type of Family Record Document came from. In the bottom left hand side is the
This I Goggled and found the same document preserved in the Library of Congress. The very same document! I wondered if the Family Record document was purchased blank by CK and Susan or if they had  mailed off the photos of the family and the company printed them. Then either CK or Susan enter in the info. It's a beautiful record of the family. I hope to track down the original document.

Another detail that really brothers me is these were Mom's Aunt's and Uncle's some living to the 1980's and 1990's and I only met Katherine once in 2003. (Aunt Katherine was born in 1915, Mom was born in 1921. Aunt Katherine passed away 10 days after Mom in March 2008) The rest lived only 30 miles away and I NEVER knew them. That is so sad to me.

As I have always said sometime in the late 1990's when computer's were the source of information Mom asked me "Do you think you can research my Mother's side of the family? I know my Grandfather Miller was from Germany" I said "Mom, Miller is such a common name I don't think I could ever find anything" Little did I know in the last few years I have discovered more information on Mom's side of the family than on Dad's side!

Kurz and Allison were a major publisher of chromolithographs in the late 19th century. Based at 267-269 Wabash Avenue in Chicago, they built their reputation on large prints published in the mid-1880s depicting battles of the American Civil War. This was a period of recollection among veterans, and the company was trying to capitalise of this sentiment. In all, a set of thirty-six battle scenes were published from designs by Louis Kurz (1835–1921)[1], himself a veteran of the war. Kurz, a native of SalzburgAustria, had emigrated to the United States in 1848.[2] While the prints were highly inaccurate[3] and considered naive fantasies like Currier and Ives prints[4], they were still sought after. They did not pretend to mirror the actual events but rather attempted to tap people's patriotic emotions. When the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, the company created several large prints of the major battles and of the subsequent campaign of the Philippine-American War. Later conflicts such as the Russo-Japanese War were also illustrated by the company.

Louis Kurz first worked as a lithographer in Milwaukee, together with Henry Sifert.[2] After the Civil War, he was one of the founders of the Chicago Lithographing Company.[2][5] He worked there until the company was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.[2][6] He then returned to Milwaukee, and started the American Oleograph Company.[2][6] He moved back to Chicago in 1878, where in 1880 he became a partner in the newly founded firm of Kurz and Allison.[2][5] Alexander Allison probably provided financial backing.[2]

Other work

Kurz and Allison also issued a series of "family prints" which showed such Civil War figures as Jefferson DavisAbraham LincolnUlysses S. Grant, and James A Garfield in domestic settings, surrounded by their families.[13] At least one lithograph entitled "George Washington at Mount Vernon" (1889) is known to exist depicting George Washington, Martha Washington and Martha's two children.
The firm also produced a sizable number of black and white lithographs on religious subjects. These were marketed to localized communities with ethnic identities, often separated from their compatriots, often in the West.[14] Many of the firm's prints were reproduced in New Mexican tinwork.[14]

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