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The Deaf-Mute photographer, 1869.

In 1860, hearing impaired photographer Addison Pancake (1844-1900) operated a studio at 108 W. Front St. in downtown Bloomington. He was a graduate of what’s today known as the Illinois School for the Deaf. Pancake billed himself as a “deaf mute photographer.”
He later moved to Missouri and married Sarah E. Lippman, who was also hearing impaired. Addison and Sarah are buried in Springfield, Missouri.


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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Posted in Historic Photos

October 3rd, 2016

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