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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A W.F. Kilborn Photograph of a Young Couple From Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1880s



This unidentified young couple had their portrait taken  at the W. F. Kilborn studio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the 1880s. 

Wilbur F. Kilborn opened his photographic studio in Cedar Rapids in 1864 and operated there until 1886.  Though hard to see in the image above, this item has the WFK logo in the imprint.  The only difficulty with saying that Wilbur F. was the photographer is that Wilbur's nephew, William Frank Kilborn apprenticed with Wilbur Kilborn and eventually took over the studio from his uncle.  It's difficult to say which W.F. Kilborn is the creator of this image.  More research would have to be done into the various photographers imprints used by these photographers, and there seems to be very few samples of their work online.


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