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Floyd Edgar Quick collection

 Collection — Folder: S1090
Identifier: S1090

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a letter and envelope, 2 leather postcards, and 2 blank sheets of letter paper with letterhead for Floyd E. Quick's photography business ranging from circa 1900 to 1918 and undated. The letter and envelope are dated December 18, 1918 from Harry E. Myer from the Indianapolis Star to F. E. Quick at 48-54 State Street, Detroit, Michigan, and mentions photography business in Detroit and World War I.

The leather postcards are imprinted, "Let Us Post You," beside a cartoon of a woman pasting up a large sheet on a wall. The imprint at the bottom of each reads "Quick Photo and Engraving Company, Indianapolis, Indiana." One has "Yours truly F. E. Quick" handwritten in ink at the bottom and addressed to his brother, Charles A. Quick in Danville, Illinois.

The letterheaded sheets were for Quick's photography businesses in Indianapolis, Indiana, located in the Sentinel Building and at Massachusetts Avenue, respectively. His Indianapolis businesses were named F.E. Quick Co., Quick Photo and Engraving Co., and Quick Photo and Commerrcial Art Co.


  • circa 1900-1918, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Floyd Edgar Quick was born on November 2, 1877 to Albert Johnson and Lovilla (Pittinger) Quick in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Quick had 3 brothers, Stebbins Wesley, Charles Albert, Ernest Edwin, and a sister, Emily. When he was 21, in 1898, he worked at the Indianapolis Photo Button Manufacturing Company. He married Claudia Bernice Barnes (1880-1970) on November 5, 1901 and they had a son named Charles Louis (1903-1931). From 1902 to 1905, Quick was a photographer for the Indianapolis Sentinel. During 1907-1909, he operated Quick Photo and Engraving Company, 77 North New Jersey Street and F. E. Quick Photo Company, 229 1/2 Massachusetts, Avenue in Indianapolis. In 1909, Quick sold his shop and took his business on the road as an itinerant photographer at fairs, carnivals, and circuses, including the Johnny L. Jones Exposition Shows and the Greater United Shows, traveling around Indiana and the Midwest. He sold photo postcards to the public which were developed while the customers waited and photographed the midway, exotic animals, and circus performers, while capturing snapshots of circus life. After a few years, Quick returned to a more stationary life and moved to Detroit, Michigan by 1913, operating the American Commercial Photo Company at 48-54 State Street. Quick retired to California for a time. He died on February 5, 1962 and was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum in Danville, Illinois.

Sources: Accessed May 10, 2021. "Floyd Edgar Quick." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 10, 2020.

Wilson, Kenneth. Snapshots and Short Notes: Images and Messages of Early Twentieth-Century Photo Postcards. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, 2020.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation. Two blank stationery letterheads were transferred from the General Photograph Collection in 2018.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/09/25 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2021/06/14 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.