Streets of El Paso, 1946


Green Valley, United States

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Graphite pencil drawing – 11 X 14 inches. Reference photograph.

They once again were in the city of El Paso, Texas, April 14, 1946. This was only one of their many trips to the city, travelling 200 miles from the small town of Artesia, New Mexico. However, it was more pleasant than the previous ones. This trip was for her final checkup at the medical center. The previous trips were for treatments for tuberculosis which had kept her bedridden for over 3 years. She and her husband had moved to the dusty Southeastern New Mexico town shortly after their marriage in Missouri 12 years earlier. The move was to be with her father who had previously given up his Tennesee farm and moved West for the milder climate that might help recovery from tuberculosis. Her father wasn’t as lucky as she was. My mother and father still had one more trip to make to El Paso. They traveled again to El Paso about 8 months later when I was born!

The photograph for this drawing was taken by a street vendor and printed in a “postcard style”. The only company markings on the back were “ANSCO” around the “place stamp here” area. The ANSCO stamp indicates that the film, at least, was from the Anthony & Scoville company. The original company was founded in 1842 as the E. and H.T. Anthony & Co. and became the Anthony and Scoville Co. in 1901. In 1928 Ansco merged with the German photo company Agfa into a corporation named Agfa-Ansco. Later that year that firm and other German owned chemical firms were merged into a German controlled Swiss based corporation named IG Chemie. In 1929 the name was changed to American IG, and continued to produce cameras under the Agfa-Ansco name. The Agfa-Ansco interests in the U.S. and Binghamton factory was taken over by the US government in 1941 due to its ties with Germany. The company was sold as enemy assets to American interests. It continued to do business after World War II as Ansco. In 1967 the company was renamed General Aniline & Film (GAF), and a variety of cameras as well as films were sold under this name. The last Ansco cameras were produced in the early 1990s (Wikipedia).

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