Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

G. M Lockwood, Photographer

"found" items for sale on eBay some time ago.  (Kudos to the city for reusing the Board of Education letterhead for receipts)

This photo shows where his studio would have been around 1900, on the second floor of the building with the Gunderson ad.

In this blog, we've discussed the prominent photographers of Menasha's early days, primarily George Bradley and W.H. Pinder.  Today, we address G.M. Lockwood, notable enough to be mentioned in the June,1898 souvenir edition of the Menasha Press on the occasion of the city's semi-centennial year:
"One of the strictly up-to-date photographers of this section is G. M. Lockwood, who has handsomely appointed rooms in the second story of the Clovis shoe store, where he may be found any day in the week, including Sundays. (The Clovis shoe store would have been across the street from the present day Club Liquors, that first building which once displayed that large painted Gunderson's ad for many, many years.)  Here may be seen a beautiful array of specimens of his work as an artist, as well as all the latest improved instruments and accessories for high-grade photography. Mr. Lockwood is fully prepared to do work in the latest and best styles, and is turning out a large amount of this class of work right along. He makes a specialty of enlarging and copying, of commercial work and of ink and paste work. Another line of work at which he excels is flash pictures of the interiors of buildings, rooms, etc. 
Mr. Lockwood is also a musician, being a member of the widely known Lockwood & Bauer Orchestra, which has furnished music for so many parties and balls in this city during the past few years. The orchestra is prepared to furnish music for all occasions, and engagements may be made with Mr. Lockwood at his studio. During the social season it has almost every evening booked, and its music gives the most complete satisfaction. Mr. Lockwood has been a resident of Menasha since 1895, removing to this city from Oshkosh, where he was engaged in business for many years. He is a genial, companionable gentleman, an artist of ability and a popular musician."

In October, 1912, the Bulletin of Photography reported that this "pioneer photographer," had sold his studio to Emmett Linsdau.  Presumably, Mr. Lockwood went on to other pursuits. 

While it is, perhaps, ironic that I have no photo of the man, I'm sure it is not surprising, as I'm sure he focused on his work.  Unlike today, where everyone is a potential photographer and, alas, we are made all too aware of their prowess, or lack of it. 

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