Two Unidentified Monroe Portraits

I found these on the Portal to Texas History page. One is a Mealy photo and the other is a Harper photo. This first one is the Harper photo of a middle-aged African American man. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth907704/ The second is the Mealy photo of two young African American boys in knee britches. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth907748/ I wonder who … Continue reading Two Unidentified Monroe Portraits

Eli W. Mealy: Monroe’s Premiere Photographer

The following article appeared in the 1893 World’s Fair Edition of the Monroe Evening News.  The Evening News was one of the two predecessors of the modern News-Star, the other being the Daily Star. Eli was one of the earliest known photographers in Monroe, predating Griffin by decades.  When people came to Monroe from all … Continue reading Eli W. Mealy: Monroe’s Premiere Photographer