The three gentlemen in the photos above appear to be the same guys in different positions in front of different backgrounds with different cowboy outfits. They also are at two different Duluth photo studios, according to the ink stamps on the back. The first is from the Green Dragon Studio at 18 E. Superior St., and the second is from the Wide Awake Studio at 10 E. Superior St.
But wait, there’s a third.
This one is also from the Green Dragon Studio and features the men in the same costumes as the other Green Dragon one, but with a different backdrop.
What would have inspired three guys to get cowboy photos taken at two photo studios on the same block, in outfits that are almost the same but just a bit different?
More information about Wide Awake Studios can be found in a previous Mystery Photos post, which also includes another cowboy pic.
The South Dakota State University Agricultural Heritage Museum provides a bit of information on the Green Dragon Studio. It notes that Jacob Hoffman and Ed Reed operated photography studios in Minneapolis, Fargo, Duluth and Sioux Falls under the name Green Dragon until their partnership dissolved in 1915.
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