Haschke Family Photograph Collection
An Inventory of the Collection
The Haschke Family was a family of German descent who came to Austin in the late 19th century. Reinhold Haschke was born in Germany in 1843 and moved to Austin in 1874. He had a dry goods and grocery store at the corner of Congress Avenue and Linden Street (now 17th) and ran Puck's saloon at 106 East Pecan Street (now 6th). Later he was an agent for Olds Motor Works, and he was one of the first owners of an automobile in Austin. His wife Cecelia was born in 1845 in Germany, and their residence was near their store. Their sons were Feodor, born 1871, who was a musician, and Julius, born about 1873, who also was a proprietor of the saloon. They had two daughters, Gussie, born in 1873, and Tallie, born 1880. By 1918 Feodor had married a woman named Augusta. They lived near his parents at 308 East 16th Street. Later he worked as a tax collector. Census records show that Julius and Tallie lived in Chicago by 1910. Articles in the Austin Statesman newspaper show that Reinhold and his wife would often spend summer months in Chicago visiting their relatives. Later Julius lived in Long Beach, California and worked as an electrician. Reinhold died in 1940, Cecelia died in 1920, and Feodor died in 1953.
320 photographs, mostly cyanotypes, document the Haschke Family and life in Austin, Texas from 1893-1913. 276 of the photos are glued into a book to form an unconventional album; the rest of the photos are loose. Most of the images are unidentified, though many are dated and many locations around Austin are recognizable. Among the photos are individual and group portraits, including groups of school children; domestic scenes and interiors; leisure activities such as outings to Mount Bonnell or Hamilton Pool and picnics; streets scenes and views of neighborhoods; the Austin dam, before and after it broke; the Ben Hur steamboat; installation or repair of a Moon Tower; various houses in town; horses and carriages; musicians; snow and ice in 1895 and 1899; and early automobiles owned by the family. Businesses depicted include George P. Assmann Gun, Safe, & Locksmith and Bicycle Repair; J.T. Holzmann Boarding House; Adolph G. Gerjes Dry Goods Store at 1610 Lavaca; William Ulit Meat Market at 1408 Sabine Street. Historic and significant buildings represented include the Governor's Mansion, Elisabet Ney's house, the Texas School for the Blind, the Land Office Building, old campus of Austin High School (later Allan Junior High), and Central Christian Church.
It is unclear who took the photographs. Some images are also found in the AHC's Chalberg Collection of Prints and Negatives (such as the interior of Hancock Opera House and the interior of Fulton's Ice Cream Parlor) and a copy of the cyanotype of the Haschke family in their first car is in the Frank Caldwell Collection. The cyanotype format and the method of dating the photos is consistent on most, indicating that the photos were created by the same photographer. Some of the black and white prints appear to be made from the same negatives as some of the cyanotypes.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users. The pages of the album are brittle and some have detached from the book, so it must be handled with care.
Restrictions on Use
The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
The photographs were given to the donor's grandfather by Mr. Haschke.
Haschke Family Photograph Collection (AR.2009.052). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1989/034
Donation Date: 11 March 1998
Finding aid and EAD by Nicole Davis/February 2015
Detailed Description of the Collection