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My mystery ancestor. Studio portrait of a Jewish man. New York. Early 1900's. Card stock of the M. Smith Studio at 331 Grand Street on Lower East Side. Also stamp of the Jampel’s Art Studio, at 22 St. Marks Place. Most likely is an immigrant from Zhitomir or elsewhere in Volyn Province, Russia. Possibly related to the families of Glizerman (Glaser in the US), or Morgulyan / Margulyan (Margulin in the US).


If anyone has a photo taken in the M. Smith Studio, or in the Jampel’s Art Studio, I’d appreciate hearing from you. It may help to narrow the range of the years when my photo was taken.


Please respond any way that is most convenient to you.


Thank you everybody! Boris Feldblyum


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If you have access to NYC directories for the early 1900s you may be able to look up the two photo studios year by year and that would probably give you a reasonably good idea of how long they were in business.

Jeffrey Gee 

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn

Hello, Boris. As you know, I'm very familiar with looking up photographers. I do it all the time.  The M. Smith studio was located at 331 Grand Street, between Orchard and Ludlow Streets in Manhattan. The studio produced photographs such as yours in the 1910s. The photographer is most likely, Morris Smith, born in 1875 in Russia. I just finished looking up Aaron Smith who also had a studio at 351 Grand Street. My grandmother had her photograph taken there in 1914. That area was one where many Jewish photographers set up shop. Ava (Sherlock) Cohn