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J. Zweifel Photographer – Dayton Ohio

I love this photo!  The proud grandpapa and his adorable grandchild are just precious!  The photo was probably taken 1900-1910.  Even though we don’t know much about the man and child in the photo, there is information on the photographer, a Mr. Zweifel of Dayton, Ohio.  I found several mentions of him in the Photographer’s Association News, including an article written by him.

from Photographer’s Association News, Volume 3, Issue 7


By J. Zweifel, Dayton, Ohio

I believe the best way to build up a business is to begin at the bottom.  So start with your customers and never let one leave the studio displeased.  A pleased customer is the best advertisement one can send out.

Instead of breaking your neck to get your competitor’s customers, try for new ones.  It pays better.

We should have more cooperative advertising.  Our strongest competitors are not the photographers, but the fellows that sell luxuries.  Cooperation will bring the photographers some of the money spent in candy shops and jewelry stores.

Cooperative advertising will increase the amount of money spent for photographs and each man will get his share.

We are losing a great opportunity by not following up the Eastman Kodak Advertising stronger than we do; first, by joint advertisements and then follow up with our individual advertisements.

We worry too much about the other fellow.  General Grant was once asked what he thought Lee was going to do and he replied, “I’m not worrying what he is going to do, but I’m very busy with what I’m going to do.”

So if we use our energy in what we are doing and not waste it on the other fellow we will get along better.

Let’s meet each other with a smile and handshake and see how much good we can do each other instead of trying to “get the other fellow’s goat.”  We will all live longer and better.

In another issue it was noted that the meeting of the Ohio State Photographers was held October 8th and 9th at the offices of J. Zweifel, East Third Street, Dayton, Ohio.  During the meeting they discussed the art of artificial lighting.  It was a working session where over ‘100 studies were made, demonstrating the best possible way to make photos.’  At the next meeting they were going to discuss taking photos with films instead of plates.

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  1. Mr. Zweifel’s words to his fellow photographers are particularly apt today with the congressional reactions concerning a return to civility in political interactions. Still looking for missing links, but I love the blog!

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