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Death to T.C. Esser

Originally an employee with the Milwaukee Buggy Company, Theodore Clemens Esser established his own painting business in 1893 above an old blacksmith shop on Thirty-Third and Cherry in Milwaukee, WI. In 1894 Mr. Esser then decided to purchase another building not far from the original and used the ground floor for his shop and the upper floor as his living quarters. In 1902 Mr. Esser invested in the construction of another store on North ave and Thirty-Fourth Street to support his growing contracting business. To say the least this didn't last to long, and in 1909 he decided to abandon his contracting business so he could focus his efforts more on the production and sales of paint. It wasn't long after that Mr. Esser added a line of window and paint glass as well. By 1918 his trade in glass had hit epic proportions and he was then obligated to construct a new warehouse to accommodate the large volume of glass. After multiple expansions to his glass and paint plant in 1927, Mr. Esser took it upon himself to purchase the property on West Galena, which was converted into his office and display rooms. From then on the Esser legacy was born.


In 1986 the Esser Plant was sold to a self taught stained glass artist named Paul Phelps. The plant ran (not at full capacity) until 1999 when it was closed due to financial difficulty. As of late 2011 the whole property was demolished to make way for low income housing. R.I.P. T.C. Esser!


The Colors PoP When View On Black


Canon EOS 50D

Tokina 12-24

-Natural and CTO Gelled X-2000 used on the foreground wall and file cabinet, and a Green and Red Gelled Flash used to light the room with lots of sodium light leakage as well.

-Special Thanks to my Brother LeavenworthObey

-Nate Ortiz-

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Taken on July 2, 2011