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Manitoba Photographers: George Oswald Viertel (1875-1949)

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Born at Dresden, Germany on 26 February 1875, son of Oswald Viertel and Sabola Gotfert, he came to Canada and, in 1896, took over the photographic studio of John Christian Voigt at Gretna. He is also thought to have operated a studio at Neche, North Dakota during the same period.

He appears to have left Gretna about 1900 and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand where he continued to work as a photographer, producing some early colour photographs of New Zealand and Australia. He moved to British Columbia about 1914 and was there for several years before returning to Germany in the early 1920s. By 1923, he had moved to the United States and was living at Detroit, Michigan when he became a US citizen.

He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1933 and died there on 22 August 1949.

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Petition for US citizenship, FamilySearch.

California Death Index, FamilySearch.

California death registration, FamilySearch.

Kennetts Jewellers, Canterbury Stories.

Christchurch and District Photographers, Early New Zealand Photographers and Their Successors.

We thank Alf Redekopp for providing additional information used here.

This page was produced by Gordon Goldsborough and Bruce Wiebe.

Page revised: 28 August 2022

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