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    Photograph of Max Meyer & Co. in Goldfield, Nevada with accompanying document. Five men and one woman are seen posing on the front porch of Max Meyer & Co. Dry Goods and Clothing store in this silver gelatin print, 9.5" x 7.75". The stone building was located in Goldfield, Nevada and is identified as such at the bottom edge, in negative. Also in negative, at lower left, is "No. 327/Palm Studio/Pho." Affixed to a board to an overall size of 11.75" x 9.75". Slightly damaged at the upper left edge with a minor scratch across the photograph near the middle. Discolored at the upper left corner with light spotting along the top edge.

    At the turn of the century, Goldfield consisted mostly of single men and few women. The female populace was mainly comprised of "soiled doves." A local lawman estimated that in its heyday, there were approximately 500 prostitutes serving the town. Max Meyer, the owner of the local dry goods store, fell in love with one such "lady." Known as "Miss Raymond," she made it known that she wanted to marry Meyer, who said such a proposition was impossible. Whether it was because she was a Gentile (he was a Jew) or because he was committed to someone else is unknown. Shortly thereafter, in 1908, Miss Raymond committed suicide and Meyer, claiming he was going on vacation, fled town. He was never seen in Goldfield again, although sources indicate by 1910 he was living in San Francisco.

    Photographer P. E. Larson followed several gold rushes to capitalize on the frenzy they brought about in the lives of miners, their families, and local businesses. He wanted to memorialize the endeavors of these hardworking people, so he opened his first studio in Cripple Creek, Colorado, in 1896. Two years later he went to the Klondike and opened a studio in Dawson City. He then followed the new gold rush to Goldfield, Nevada, opening his Palm Studio in that desert town. Following his move to Goldfield, he changed his last name from Larss to Larson to give it a more western flavor. In Goldfield, he established himself and became one of the greatest and most famous western artists in the history of the American West.

    Also, a receipt, 5.5" x 8.5", on "Max Meyer & Co." letterhead, Goldfield, October 1, 1907, in the amount of $.70 issued to the "Combination Mines Co." The receipt has been marked paid. Attached to "Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company" receipt issued to Max Meyer & Co., dated October 11, 1907 acknowledging the payment of $.70.


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