Ca. 1910s Florida photograph of armed men in front of a general store, with identifications.
A mysterious image that may depict a Florida sheriff’s posse or a hunting party of some kind. A group of stern-looking men with rifles and shotguns—one with a dog—stand on a general store porch. The store’s butcher, dressed in a white apron and wielding a large knife, joins them. Pine trees are seen to the right.
On the back of the photograph, 9 figures are identified via a numbering key: Mr. Lord, Mr. Gliss, Mr. Williams, Dr. Holloway (with the dog), Mr. Griffin (the butcher), Mr. Hogan (store proprietor?), Lena Tolar (b. 1883), her sister, Lelia Tolar (b. 1888), and Mr. Garitt. Lena Tolar lived in Loughman, Polk County, Florida, a possible location for this photograph. A tenth man, standing at the foot of the stairs, leaning on his gun, is identified simply with an “X.”
Signs hanging on the porch advertise Sweet-Orr Overalls, McCall 10¢ and 15¢ Patterns, and “Postal Telegraph Commercial Cables.”
Description: Ca. 1910s Florida photograph of armed men in front of a general store, with identifications.
[Loughman, Polk County, Florida? Ca1910s]. Photograph on mount. 7 x 9 inches, overall. Contemporary hand numbering within image with key on verso. Small abrasion and creasing on upper left; very good, sharp image.