Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: John Pape in the Kaiser's Army

I don't know much about this picture, except that the man on the left is my great-grandfather, John Pape (1851-1946), and that it was taken in Germany before he emigrated to the United States (which was around 1880), when he was in the Kaiser's army - so the photo was probably taken in the 1870s. The uniforms he and the other gentleman are wearing look a lot like the one halfway down this web page, on the right.  I have no idea who the other gentleman is - perhaps it's John's brother Anton (1854-about 1893)?  Haven't been able to find out anything about the photographer, W. Steffin, either.

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