Today’s Throwback Thursday photographs features images from the Julius Meyer Collection. Meyer was born in Bromberg, Prussia, March 30, 1839. He emigrated to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1867 and began developing acquaintances with Plains Indians. He was reportedly able to speak six Indian languages. He served as an interpreter for Gen. George Crook and later opened an Indian Curiosity shop, called the “Indian Wigwam” on Eleventh and Farnam Streets in Omaha.
Note: the word Indian is used instead of Native American as it was the norm at the time.
Stereoview showing Meyer with an unidentified man, woman, and child, possibly Poncas.
Julius Meyer in front of his store at 163 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, about 1875.
Julius Meyer, Spotted Tail, Iron Bull and Pawnee Killer, about 1875. Although identified by the inscription on the photograph, there are questions about the identities of the Native Americans.