Charles Emery was an early photographer in Cañon City. He was born in Sweden in 1859, emigrating to the United States in 1867. He learned photography from his adoptive father, A.G. Emery, who had a studio in Silver Cliff. He began his career in Silver Cliff before moving to Cañon City and opening a shop at 510 Main Street in 1885. On August 14, 1886, an ad was placed in the Cañon City Record by Emery listing images for sale. The 129 images were “Views of Rocky Mountain Scenery” which included Cañon City, Manitou Springs, and Silver Cliff among others. Cabinet cards and stereoscopic views were $2 per dozen, 5 x 8 images were $3 per dozen, 7 x 10 images were $4 per dozen, and an 11 x 14 was $1.
According to another article in the Fremont County News on November 29, 1888, Emery also had a dedicated picture case at the St. Cloud Hotel in which he rotated out his photographs. Emery sold out to George Fricke and moved his family to Colorado Springs in 1892. He passed away in 1932 at the age of 72 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
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The information presented in this article is compiled using research conducted by the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center.