Elmer S. Riggs Paleontologist Antique Photo

Elmer S. Riggs Paleontologist Antique Photo

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Vintage from the 19th century

Materials

card stock, photo paper

Dimensions

Height: 7 Inches; Width: 5 Inches

Description

Fantastic antique card-mounted photograph (ca 1890s) shows a handsome young man with a great waxed mustache. On the back is written "Dr. Riggs" - first in pencil, and by a later hand in ink. Photo was found in Kansas, and my online research leads me to believe this photo is of Elmer Samuel Riggs, noted American paleontologist (please see a comparison photo here: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/paleontologist-elmer-s-riggs-poses-for-a-portrait-with-a-news-photo/450344314#paleontologist-elmer-s-riggs-poses-for-a-portrait-with-a-newly-skull-picture-id450344314).

Elmer S. Riggs (1869-1963) was born in Trafalgar, Indiana, and moved with his family to Kansas at a young age. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas and then worked with the American Museum of Natural History. In May 1898 he joined the staff of the Field Museum (then the Field Columbian Museum) and became the museum’s first dedicated paleontologist . Though he was a specialist in fossil mammals, the Field Museum hired him in part to secure dinosaurs for exhibit. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_S._Riggs)

Card mounting is 7" tall x 5" wide with oval photo; good vintage condition with corner bumping to mount and edge wear to mount and photo. Photo shows slight foxing, soiling and wear. Small area of surface loss on back upper right. Watermark doesn't actually appear on photo.

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Miss Ellen Feb 1, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Wonderful photo! Perfect for my collection!

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Miss Ellen Feb 1, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Fabulous photo! Careful packaging and quick shipping.

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Courtney Kidd Jan 25, 2020

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Very cute vintage photo! Arrived promptly.

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