MANITOBA JAMES AND HIS CHILDREN
Manitoba "Toby" James had three daughters and two sons. Pictured with him are his firstborn son Mauranee (in the hat at right) and his daughters Myrtha (left) and Edna (center). James worked as a waiter and porter in the 1900s, then as a cleaner at various Lincoln laundries in the 1910s and '20s. He left Lincoln for Grand Island, Nebraska and then to Omaha, Nebraska, where he was a city inspector of weights and measures. He moved to Oakland, California in the 1930s, where he owned Owl Cleaners. He died there in 1951.
Photographs taken on black and white glass negatives by African American photographer(s) John Johnson and Earl McWilliams from 1910 to 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Douglas Keister has 280 5x7 glass negatives taken by these photographers. Larger scans available on request.