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A fading circa 1886 photo, probably taken by Charles Nicol of his father’s photography car on the northeast corner of the Monmouth square. A note written by Charles on the back identifies Nicol as the man leaning on a post, and his little brother — the future Great Nicola — standing at the wheel.

Monmouth photographer founded family of magicians

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A humorous 1884 advertisement for Nicol’s photography business was published in the Monmouth Evening Gazette. The “White Photographer” title is enigmatic. Perhaps a reference to the albumen process, in which photographic paper was coated with egg white?

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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