Friday, March 17, 2017

Vintage Photograph of Irving Burdick farm at Dansville, New York

Vintage photograph, approx. 6-1/2" x 4-3/4" inches, plus mat, of a house identified on reverse as that of Irving Burdick at Dansville, New York.  There's other writing, as well, but I can't make it out.

From online research, hopefully correct:

Irving Elisha Burdick was born 1 September 1876 at Friendship, New York, the son of Horace Adrian Burdick and Mary Honor (Vars) Burdick.  His paternal grandparents were Elisha D. Burdick and Martha (Peckham) Burdick.  His maternal grandparents were Charles and Hannah L. (Wilcox) Vars.

On 15 April 1914, at New York, New York, he married Mary Louise Gude, daughter of Oscar Jay Gude, the "Sign King of Times Square". I'm not sure of her mother's name; an online source had her as Annie Whelan.  Mary Louise Gude, born 29 September 1886 at Brooklyn, New York,  was a gifted musician who had studied at Vienna before her marriage.

Her father, Oscar Jay Gude, started out as a sign painter and later became famous for his groundbreaking use of electric advertisements at Times Square.  He's credited with coining the term "The Great White Way".   Mary Louise's brother Oscar Jay Gude, Jr., was a controversial pilot during World War I. 

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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