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Thursday, 7.28.05:  Mystery Photographer, cont'd

Photo by Paul Wall, Chicago. “Morning Downtown” 1st prize Popular Photography magazine, circa 1940.

Revision 5.2.06

Paul Wall  continues to be elusive. Jim and I took an excursion to Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery and they dug out catalogs from the 1939 and 1941 Salons that Wall participated in. Hmm... there was his name, all right, and the title of his photos (ones we don't own). But not even the briefest of one line bios.

Meanwhile, I went searching for Wall on Ancestry.Com. Unfortunately, their census data stops at 1930. Still, I found a Paul W. Wall living in Chicago who could be ours.

The Paul Wall I found was 25 years old. He had emigrated from Germany only 5 years before and had not become a citizen yet. He was single and living with a roommate in a neighborhood largely populated with German immigrants. He was working for a company as a tool maker.

 

A German immigrant... In 1925 Hitler was mobilizing. In his 1923 Munich putsch, he had declared revolution and war on Communists and Jews. A good time for a young man to hightail it out of there. Maybe he was a Jew.

A record in the Social Security Death Index lists a Paul W. Wall, born Oct 2, 1903 and died in Chicago Dec 16, 1988.

 

Photo by Paul Wall, Chicago. “Morning Downtown” 1st prize Popular Photography magazine, circa 1940.