The Orphaned Images Project: Photographer Lucky Dedmore

27 08 2015

SMALL 1931 Dedmore North Platte Nebr

Several years ago, I launched a blog for what I call “The Orphaned Images Project.” I am always a bit saddened when I discover albums and projector carousels at thrift stores, and yard/estate sales (their loss, my gain). Who gives up photos of their families? Are all the members of that family deceased? Was there a rift? And I wonder about the photographer. Was he/she passionate about being the family recorder (as much as I am about being one)? If you’d like to see more “orphaned images,” visit my blog at http://www.orphanedimages.wordpress.com.

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With just a little bit of research, I’ve discovered that Dedmore is the name of the photographer for this photograph shot in 1931. This is one of many portraits I bought in a batch from someone on eBay some time ago. This is no labeling as to who the family is, unfortunately.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 5.52.08 PMClinton Orla “Lucky” Dedmore was born in Fairmont, Nebraska in 1881, where he spent most of his life. His parents were born in Iowa where they lived until their children were grown, then moved to Nebraska where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father served in the Civil War and died in North Platte at the age of 89. Clinton Dedmore opened his studio in April 1919 and remained in business until 1949. He died in 1956.

On http://www.northplattebulletin.com, I discovered an article by Kaycee Anderson about the historic Dixon Building, located at 514-518 N. Dewey in North Platte, Nebraska.

In 1934 Lucky Dedmore moved a photo studio into the second floor of the building. The owner, Harry Dixon, allowed Dedmore to put a skylight into the second floor hallway so there would be “available light” for Dedmore’s studio on the second floor, according to archived newspaper reports. The skylight that Dedmore installed is still there.

He was listed in the Who’s Who in Nebraska with this excerpt: DEDMORE, C O: Photographer; b Fairmont, Neb Nov 13, 1888; s of Elias D Dedmore-Phoebe Merrell; ed Fairmont; m Ida Hodges July 15, 1912 Joliet Ill; 1908-17 street car opr Joliet Ill; opr studio while emp by street car co; comml photog Joliet Ill, opr studio in Deming N M; 1919- owner & mgr Dedmore Studio, North Platte; mbr vol fire dept; Pioneer Ad Club, dir; MWA; Lincoln County Wildlife Club; North Platte Garden Club; Rep; hobbies, fancy woodwork, fishing, hunting; off 516 Dewey; res 221 S Oak, North Platte.

P.S. There is a remote possibility this is actually the Dedmore family and it could possibly have been set up by Dedmore. I have another photo I’m about to share that reads “Brown and North Platte, Nebr.” Wonder if that’s the Brown family?

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