Today in History: Samuel H. Gottscho and William H. Schleisner


Manhattan. Photographs by Samuel H. Gottscho

Today in History–June 21–the Library of Congress features Samuel H. Gottscho and William H. Schleisner. On this date in 1934, Samuel Herman Gottscho snapped a photograph of the north facade of the Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln. A photography enthusiast, Gottscho was a traveling salesman for 23 year before becoming a professional photographer in 1925 at the age of fifty. His son-in-law William H. Schleisner joined him in the business in 1935. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access their fantastic photographs and additional related resources.

Gottscho-Schleisner Collection
over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures

Collection Connections: ideas for teaching with the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

Samuel H. Gottscho: Biographical Information

My Life in Photography Volume II 1933-1936 by Samuel H. Gottscho

Seventy-one Years, or, My Life with Photography primary source set

Portrait: William H. Schleisner Museum of the City of New York