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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  1. There is a remarkable panoramic view of Hermann from 1916 in the city hall building that is attributed to the Schuster Studio. It’s of particular interest to me because it was taken from the old reservoir, approximately where my house is today. I would love to be able to find a print of it, but have no idea what has become of the studios negatives.

    • Thanks for reading my blog, Patrick. The fate of a studio’s glass plates and negatives is the million dollar question. Usually they all get destroyed or thrown away. If you wanted to try asking around, you could do a couple of things: Go down to the shop that occupies the old Schuster home on Schiller and ask if they know anything; and go over to the Gasconade County Historical Society Archives and Records Center at 4th and Schiller and ask them–take your postcard with you. If you find out anything about the fate of their plates and negatives, I would love to hear back from you.


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