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
South Grand Street gathering, circa 1873. This is the third oldest photo of Monroe I have ever seen. Only the two photos of the 1871 fire are older. It shows South Grand Street, where a parade seems to be happening. I've seen grainy copies published in the News-Star and in Dr. Williams' book, "Founding Families … Continue reading South Grand Street, circa 1873
Continuing on with the Ouachita Parish High School yearbook of 1915, here is a page of ads. I just love the photographer's picture! Mr. Church had bought out the studio of E.W. Mealy right after he died.
And to go along with yesterday's post, I did a little online digging for the Spaulding guides and found they have been digitized at the Library of Congress. Here is another photo of the 1905 team. Notice that E.W. Mealy's studio took it. They are just labeled "Monroe (LA.) Team". No name. Wonder if they … Continue reading Monroe Baseball Team – 1905
Photo Number 1625b, Ouachita Parish Public Library photo collection This is the last unidentified photo. If you recognize the man in the photo, come by the library on 18th or give us a call at 318-327-1373. This one is another Mealy. It is another Mealy photo I found in an antique store and donated to … Continue reading Unknown Mealy Photo #2
Photo 1625B from the Ouachita Parish Public Library's photo collection. The above photo was found by me a few years ago in an Antique Alley shop. On the back it states that it was a product of the Mealy photo studio, which I knew to be one of Monroe's oldest. Whenever I see a Mealy … Continue reading An unidentified Mealy photo
In an earlier post, I told you about E.W. Mealy, Monroe's first known photographer. The above engraving is the building on South Grand Street where his studio was. If you go down South Grand Street, just past the Austin's Restaurant building, the above building still stands. Look very closely at the front of the building, … Continue reading Mealy Block – 1893
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