Frank Becker and his Tuba, Schuster Studio, Hermann

Portrait of Frank Becker, Schuster Studio, Hermann, Mo.

Portrait of Frank Becker, Schuster Studio, Hermann, Mo.

Martin A. Schuster (1871-1952) and his son Jerome G. Schuster opened a photography studio in Hermann sometime between 1930 and 1940. The father and son team may be better known for its many real photo postcards of Hermann, its people, environs and celebrations.

Schuster postcards , such as this of St. George’s Catholic Church, Hermann, or this view of Hermann are easy to find on internet auction sites and have been published in a number of books.

According to his obituary in Professional Photographer magazine, Martin Schuster began practicing photography professionally in Brookfield, Missouri. In Hermann, the family lived at 307 Schiller Street, a small frame cottage now occupied by a gift shop called Back Home Again.

I haven’t been able to learn for certain Frank Becker’s identity. A Frank Becker, railroad section hand, lived in Gasconade County in 1920, but he doesn’t seem to have been related to the Beckers in the area.

With all the celebrations and attendant parades in Hermann, there certainly would have been many opportunities for Becker to exercise his tuba talents.

Martin A. Schuster (1871-1952) and his son, Jerome Glennon Schuster (1906-1961), are buried in the cemetery of the church they photographed, St. George’s, in Hermann.

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Portrait of Herbert Tschappler

Farmer and engineer Herbert John Schappler (personal collection of Karen Barton).

Herbert John Tschappler (personal collection of Karen Barton).

Young Herbert Tschappler (1890-1945), had his portrait taken by Robert C. Mumbrauer ca. 1908. The photograph exhibits features more common after 1900: larger, black card mounts with the studio’s nameĀ  blind embossed instead of printed, for a more subtle effect.

Farmer, engineer and carpenter Herbert Tschappler was born to Osage County farmers Samuel Tschappler and Ernestine Marie Auguste Gnadt in March 1890. With his wife, Ella Deppe, Herbert settled in Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, where they had two children, Sam and Roy.

Herbert and Ella Tschappler are buried in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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