A cousin of mine contacted me recently and let me know that he found this ebay.ca auction result in a Google search:
Vintage Glass Plate Negative RPPC Photograph Schmidt Saloon Rothschild Wausau Item 181107240529 is no longer available.
I’m guessing this was the original negative of this photograph, or one very much like it:
This photo shows the exterior of William and Ottelia Schmidt’s “Rothschild’s Saloon”. It is from the book “Wisconsin Heartland: The Story of Wausau and Marathon County” by Michael Kronenwetter, and it shows Edwin Schmidt, Louis Schmidt, William Schmidt, Ottelia Zierke Schmidt with William “Billy” Schmidt in front of her, an unknown man, and Albert Schmidt (l to r).
The copy from the book was half-toned. It means the resolution is not good enough to really zoom in and get details of all the faces. I would love to be able to contact the buyer and arrange to purchase a copy of the photo, but eBay doesn’t keep records of buyers and sellers beyond 60 days. Maybe someone will find this blog entry and contact me about it. We’ll see.