Loving family

This is a lovely family photograph taken by H. R. Troopman of Chicago. The girls look to be 10 years old or so. I think the photo is from the 1880s, but what is tricking me is the slight purple tint it has. The collodion process was not widely used until the 1890s. I found another site with a Troopman photograph showing a soldier in about 1868. The date of this photograph is difficult to nail down.

UPDATE: Thanks to Iggy we now know this photographer was H. R. Koopman, thanks Iggy!!

From the Pullman (Railcar) State Historic Site:

“1884 — 1914: H. R. Koopman

Henry R. Koopman was the Pullman photographer of the town and workers.

In 1893 he published a book on the town called “The City of Brick”. His studio was located at 11106 S. Michigan Avenue in Roseland. From 1918-19, he worked in the Pullman Shops in the shell division. We have many original photographs, studio cards, postcards, etc. by Koopman as well as images of his studio in Roseland.”

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  1. IntenseGuy
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 08:30:10

    I found the picture you mentioned (the soldier) and the date on the page “1868” refers to the year his rifle was first made – not the date of the photo which appears to be of Spanish-American war vintage (1898).

    I think its safe to say this photo is from 1890 or later. H. R. Troopman has been very elusive. There aren’t even census records for “Troopman” in Illinois during this time period.

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  2. IntenseGuy
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 08:33:38

    Ahh… the name is Henry Ralph Koopman.

    :)

    From the Pullman (Railcar) State Historic Site:

    “1884 — 1914: H. R. Koopman

    Henry R. Koopman was the Pullman photographer of the town and workers.

    In 1893 he published a book on the town called “The City of Brick”. His studio was located at 11106 S. Michigan Avenue in Roseland. From 1918-19, he worked in the Pullman Shops in the shell division. We have many original photographs, studio cards, postcards, etc. by Koopman as well as images of his studio in Roseland.”

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  3. IntenseGuy
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 08:39:41

    United States Census, 1900 for Henry R Koopman
    Residence: Chicago city, Cook, Illinois
    Birth Date: Jul 1865
    Birthplace: Holland
    Spouse Name: Katie Koopman
    Spouse Birth Place: Illinois
    Father Birthplace: Holland
    Mother Birthplace: Holland
    Race or Color (expanded): White
    Marital Status: Married
    Years Married: 11
    Estimated Marriage Year: 1889
    Immigration Year: 1866
    Occupation: Photographer

    He had a son he named Henry Raplh Koopman Jr.

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