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Benjamin Strauss

Benjamin Strauss was born January 27, 1871, in Cleveland, Ohio.  He spent his boyhood there, attending the public and high schools, and after securing his education went to work in the photographic studio of his brother, J. C. Strauss, in St. Louis.

     He began to learn the photographic art at the bottom, performing the humblest duties at first, but finally rose to the position of understudy to his famous brother.

     In 1900 he decided to launch in business for himself, and coming to Kansas City bought a share in the business of George Curtiss.  A year later he bought Mr. Curtiss out, and is now sole owner.

     He has come to be in Kansas City what his brother had been for thirty years in St. Louis, and by example and with the spur of competition has done much to establish a higher standard of photographic art in Kansas City.

     At the recent convention of the Missouri Photographers' Association in Pertle Springs, Mr. Strauss was given the highest award for portraitures.

     He is an Elk and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias.
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