A Collection of Vintage Portraits by Edward Thayer Monroe

Edward Thayer Monroe was born in Jamestown, New York, in 1890, into a family of photographers. His grandfather, Myron C. Monroe, pioneered wet-plate photography, recording Civil War scenes and shooting the first American images of Jenny Lind for P.T. Barnum. E.T. Monroe turned down the opportunity to attend Yale University, choosing a technical education instead. He received extensive practical training at a photographic processing plant in Syracuse and opened a home studio. In October 1914, the Dinturff Company of Syracuse hired him as “artistic portrait photographer” and his prints began circulating among magazine editors in the Northeast.

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Louise Brooks by Edward Thayer Monroe via

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Dorothy Stone by Edward Thayer Monroe via

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Helen Lee Worthing by Edward Thayer Monroe, 1922 via

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Anastasia Reilly (Ziegfeld Follies) by Edward Thayer Monroe via

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Nita Naldi by Edward Thayer Monroe, 1925 via

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Mary Nolan by Edward Thayer Monroe via

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Ann Pennington by Edward Thayer Monroe via

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