Jacksonville, Texas: C.W. Nichols, Photographer, [circa 1902 or a little later]. Black and white photograph measuring 16” x 4 ½ on mount with photographer's imprint measuring 20” x 8”. Very good: crisp image with strong contrast that is lightly dust soiled, mount with heavy corner wear.
A marvelous image of downtown Jacksonville, Texas on what we think was a market day, as the street in the center of the image is so filled with carriages that we wonder how anyone could cross the street. The sidewalks are also completely covered in humanity and we can make out the business signage of W.H. Willis, J.A. Templeton, Lawrence and Son Groceries and the Jacksonville Bakery. There's also other advertising signage as well as a lone African American boy in the foreground standing next to a carriage hauling furniture driven by a dark skinned man. We think the photo shows Commerce Street as an identified image online of Commerce shows the bakery at the right.
Another important note is that this photograph was actually created a woman-owned photography studio. C.W. Nichols was married to the former Dee Puntch. Puntch worked for W.T. Hammett's photography studio in Jacksonville and purchased it from him in 1897, changing the name to “Miss Dee Puntch Studio.” When she married Nichols in 1902, she changed the name again. Nichols himself was also a photographer as we've located a mention of him taking photographs at a Confederate Veterans reunion in Texas in 1906.
A wonderful life-filled image. Very good. Item #3326