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John Smith portrait
John Smith portrait
TitleJohn Smith portrait
Date of Originalbetween 1900 and 1920
CreatorFiske, Frank Bennett, 1883-1952
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionJohn Smith of Cass Lake, Minn. is shown on this postcard. Smith was reputed to be 137 years old when he died in 1922. He appears here wearing a headdress and an embroidered robe.
Ordering Information
General SubjectIndians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Older people
Portrait photographs
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America - Physical characteristics
Indians of North America - Portraits
Indians of North America - Clothing & dress
Personal NameSmith, John, d. 1922.
LocationCass Lake (Minn.)
Item Number1952-7018
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Transcription"Saw this postcard here recently and thought you would be interested. Ripley in his 'Believe it or Not' of March 15, 1945 carried a sketch of this old man and stated that 'he died at 151, no doubt the oldest man known to have lived in the U.S.' Local residents believe him to have been around 100, possibly less when he died. Old timers and his own family verify this: he had a skin disease which gave his skin an appearance similar to elephant hide and indicative of great age which gave vent for his zeal for bragging and exaggerated stories"--Handwritten on back of postcard.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] Frank Bennett Fiske Papers, State Historical Society of North Dakota, MSS 10105
Biography/HistoryFrank Fiske served as an assistant steamboat captain prior to his lifelong work as a studio photographer, mostly associated with Fort Yates N.D. He learned the trade from S.T. Fansler, post studio photographer, and remained in Fort Yates to document the town, the Standing Rock Agency, and the changing ways of the frontier. Fiske was also a writer, and served for a time as a newspaper editor, and wrote a popular column carried in many newspapers. He was best known for his Indian photographs, which depicted everyday Indian life, as well as studio views.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionFrank B. Fiske Photograph Collection 1952
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (1952-7018)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh19527018
OCLC number61156024
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