Back in August
of 1996 I was visiting Racine and was walking through the old downtown
taking pictures. In the 300 block, I noticed a closed-up door with
Leonard Studio set into the entrance way. Later on, I was looking
through Ead's Illustrated History of Racine and came across
an advertisement for Leonard's Studio at the same address. Apparently
it was a well-established photo studio with "A Lady always in attendance"
to put the women of 1884 at ease. On a hunch, I looked through my
1940 Racine phonebook and found, at the same location, a Harry J
Leonard doing commercial photography -- specializing in work "Out
of Studio" for legal purposes. So, over at least a 52 year span,
someone in the Leonard family was taking pictures in moneybookers usa Racine. I would
love to find out more information about the Leonards and their business.
is a cabinet photo, taken at Leonard's Studio, of a first communion
sent to me by Kristie who
found it at an antique show. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger
version of the picture.
More about Leonard's Studio skrill accepted from Mike
"My family ran the Main Shoe Repair Shop skrill moneybookers at 333 Main Street.
Harry Leonard had a photo studio on the second floor. My brother
and I worked in my father's shop as shoe shine boys when we were
kids and we often shined Harry's shoes. He also took pictures of
us as kids every few years so my father could send them to his relatives
in Greece. Harry had an skrill moneybookers in pakistan classic car, not sure but it was a late
1930's model (Pierce Arrow?) that he kept garaged in back of the
building and seldom drove it in the late 1940's.
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During WWII, Harry had quite an in-studio business taking pictures
of sailors, soldiers and marines with their girlfriends (often just
after they finished their basic training at the Great Lakes Navel
Station in Chicago and before shipping out.) On the wall next to
the studio entrance was a large glass display case with recent pictures
of these couples posted to encourage others to come up for pictures
- no appointment necessary."
Mike Bantuveris sent me Harry J. Leonard's obituary:
Leonard, Photographer For Half a Century, Is Dead
A career in professional
photography in Racine which spanned more than a half a century was skrill restricted countries
ended Sunday with the death of Harry J. Leonard, 77, in St. Luke's
Leonard had won national
recognition for his photographic achievements and wide acclaim in
the world of sports during his youth. At one time he coached the
old Racine College football team.
The veteran photographer
was found hurt in his studio Nov. 19. He suffered from arthritis
and sustained injuries in a fall.
During his career, Leonard
had done portraits of a number of nationally known figures, including
William Jennings Bryan, Robert M. LaFallotte, Sr., and William Howard
in photography had won him 39 state and national awards and wide
recognition in his field. Of all of his photographs, Leonard was
the most proud of the one of the former Miss Lillian Anderson. It
was his photo of the Racine beauty which placed her in the running
for the title of the Queen of the Century of Progress held in Chicago
His father, P. J. Leonard,
a pioneer photographer, settled in Racine in 1847. Also an accomplished
musician, the elder Leonard received and accepted invitations to
play on the concert stage. He toured through the south and in Macon,
Ga., was induced to remain as conductor of the city's band and to
work in a photo studio. In 1879, the elder Leonard returned to Racine
and opened his photo studio at 333 Main St.
When Leonard's father
died in 1904, Harry took over the business which remained at the
same location for a record 75 years until the studio was moved to
its present location at 409 1/2 Main St. last year.
Leonard began his photography
career as a youth, helping his father. However, he also had made
his mark in the field of sports. He starred in the old Racine High
School's first football team, coached by Dr. A. J. Williams. Leonard
entered the University of Wisconsin and continued his participation
in sports, namely, polo, football and bowling.
On his return
to Racine in 1899, Leonard accepted the coaching position at Racine
College where the football team during his four years as mentor
won all but one game. For several seasons he also played as an end
on the Racine Athletics, recognized in the 1890's as one of the
foremost professional grid squads in the nation. The team was coached
by John R. Richards who had been a teammate of Pat O'Dea on the
University of Wisconsin football team, and had come to Racine to
begin law practice with M. E. Walker.
When roller polo became
the rage in Racine, Leonard was among the first to be considered
for the team because of his previous championships in the sport.
On the Racine Horlicks team Leonard helped bring the world's championship
in roller polo to Racine in 1909.Leonard also excelled in bowling
and golf. As a member of the Horlicks and Elks bowling teams, Harry
shared in the many local, state and national honors won by the two
He was a member of the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
His survivors include
a nephew, Lyle Abrahamson of Tacoma, Wash., and a niece, Edna Andrews
of San Antonio, Texas.
are to be announced later.