The Brady Stewart Collection of 20th Century Photographs – Portfolios 1940-1949


1940-1949

World War II

After one (1) year of college at Penn State, Brady Stewart Jr. left school to work with his father at BW Stewart Studio.

Brady Stewart Jr reading the paper on his honeymoon - Martha's Vineyard MA 1944

The business was located at 812 Market Street (corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street) and was starting to take shape when the war broke out.  Brady Stewart Jr. was drafted in 1941 and was an Army photographer stationed Camp Shanks in Orangeburg New York. A camp shank was an embarkation center for soldiers leaving for Europe.

Brady Stewart was introduced to Marjorie Zapp Stewart by another soldier during a dance at Camp Shanks.  Marjorie was born in New York City and raised in Valley Cottage New York.  Marjorie is the daughter of Catherine Dilworth Zapp and Jacob George Zapp.  Marjorie was working at the Martin Beck Theatre for Louie Lotito.  Marjorie previous worked for Burgess Meredith at his home in Pomona New York.

Brady and Marjorie were married at the Zapp’s residence in Valley Cottage NY on June 3rd 1944.  After the wedding, they traveled to Martha’s Vineyard MA for their honeymoon.  Two days into the honeymoon, Sergeant Brady Stewart received a telegram from base canceling his leave due to the D-Day invasion.

Brady Stewart Studio Inc.

After the war, Brady Jr. returned to Pittsburgh with Marjorie to work at BW Stewart Studio.  Brady Stewart contacted one of his longtime business associates, George Ketchum, for advice on growing the business. George Ketchum first recommendation was to change the name from BW Stewart Studio to Brady Stewart Studio.  The rationale was to take advantage of the Brady name, as it related to photography (Mathew Brady).  The various Ketchum companies; Ketchum & McLeod, Ketchum MacLeod & Grove, Ketchum Advertising and Ketchum Communications, were the biggest and longest tenure customers. 

Brady Stewart was a business acquaintance of George and Carlton Ketchum.  Brady Stewart was instrumental in helping the brothers secure their first major account, the Colonial Trust Company.  Brady Stewart’s father, Homer Stewart, was Treasurer of the Colonial Trust Company from 1901-1926.  The Bank needed an advertising firm in 1922 and agreed to give a local advertising firm an opportunity.  The opportunity paid dividends for both companies.  Ketchum Advertising became one of the largest Advertising firms in the country and Colonial Trust Company (Pittsburgh National Bank – PNC) became one of the largest banks in the United States.

Photos can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com

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About bradystewartcollection
The Brady Stewart Collection of photographs, made by Brady Stewart, Brady Stewart Jr. and associates of Brady Stewart Studio Inc., consists of photographs taken in and around Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Lake Erie, Lake Chautauqua, New York, Southwestern Ohio, Washington DC, Niagara Falls and Idaho. The historically significant collection spans most of the 20th century (1900-1990) and includes a wide array of Black &White, Sepia and Color photographs on Advertising & Products, Buildings and Churches, Children, Homesteading in Idaho, Manufacturing & Equipment, People & Lifestyle, Pittsburgh City Scenes, Sports and Transportation. The Brady Stewart Collection encompasses over 20,000 glass plates, prints and film negatives of all shapes and sizes. Today, Brady Stewart Studio is a fourth generation photography business. We are one of the longest operating family-owned commercial photography studios in the United States (1912-1991, 2008-). The Collection Images can be viewed at our hosted web site, www.bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com

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