Monday, January 23, 2012

Turn it OVER! There's Something on the Back! Earl G. Hammock


portrait of Earl and reverse

This is apparently a portrait of artist/photographer Earl G. Hammock.


I think that just perhaps an industrious "antique" store proprietor might have added the signature on the "Hammons" portrait. He misread the name on the other and thought he was duplicating it. They do that because they think it adds interest to a photo.

But, the signature on the "Hammock" photo is so unique and crafted that it has to be the same man as the artist.

According to what I have been able to find so far, he was born in Knox, Texas, 11Feb 1896. That makes him just 19 in these photographs.

portrait of Earl and reverse

Earl G Hammock signature comparison

Here is a comparison using the signature on the reverse of the top photo and signatures taken from two paintings attributed to Earl G. Hammock. The similarity is obvious. The last letter “L” of the first name flows with a continuous stroke into the middle initial “G.”

Then the artist carefully combines the middle initial “G” with the first letter “H” of the last name. From there, the photograph signature is continued in cursive. The painting signatures finish with printed letters.

The photograph signature is an early one in 1915 and the paintings could be circa1950

The two painting signatures shown here are from askart.com and icollector.com and are used here for information purposes only.


Here is a brief family tree for Earl G. Hammock.

Although Earl G. apparently had no children, there are some of his two brothers descendants beginning in the far left column, that could claim him as an uncle. Their children would see him as great-uncle. The next generation would call him a great-great-uncle.

Ancestry.Com learns from a couple sources that Earl G. died in 1974. The art sites selling his paintings say it was 1971 and they probably copy from each other for the data.

Oddly, as illustrious as he was, there is NO adequate biography on the net for Earl G. Hammock.

Hammock Family Tree

Earl G. Hammock Painting composit

These are paintings variously attributed to Earl G. Hammock. Considering the wide variance of styles shown here, there may be some error.

On the bottom row, the second and third are signed. The rest are speculation.


NEW ADDITION!
Family Historian Rosie found a connection to her family tree and provided us with these additional photographs relating to Earl G. Hammock.
These pictures are her property and permission must be granted for their use.



Earl and Ethel
Earl and Ethel

On reverse:
This is
Earl and Ethel
before they
wer married



Earl
Earl

On reverse:
Earl
the yongest
boy he runs a
studo



Earl G. Hammock
"Earl G. Hammock" "Wash Day"

On reverse:
Doing something
I don't like much
but the cat likes
to see me work

This is Earl
washing



Leonard and Earl
Leonard and Earl reverse

On reverse:
This is Leonard
and Earl
My oldest and
yongest






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4 comments:

  1. Great detective work and a very interesting post. What a handsome man he was. I love the photo of him wearing the hat.

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  2. Thanks very much. I became fascinated with this photograph at first because of the difference in the names on the reverse.

    Then I became amazed that there was no biography of him at all. The Ancestry.com clues all match up very well but nothing else is known about him.

    The hat is cool. The portraits were probably taken by his father who was running the gallery before Earl.

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  3. I am researching the life of Earl G Hammock and am trying to learn is he had ever lived and worked in Salida, Colorado. Mike - coloradocentral@gmail.com

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  4. Sorry, I did only an immediate family search on Ancestry.com. B0th the 1920 and the 1930 census have him in Delta County, Colorado. Before that he was in Texas and he died apparently in Sun City, Arizona

    I did a quick scan of the 1940 census pages for counties Delta and Chaffee in Colorado and did not spot him. Perhaps when the 1940 census is finally indexed it will tell us where he was then.

    While scanning the 1940 Chaffee County census pages I did however find his brother Leonard D. Hammock, wife Lottie and son Leonard (spelled Lenard) living at 419 D street in Salida City, Colorado. L. D. is listed as a minister.

    I’ll email you a copy of that page.

    Fred

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