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Had a photographic studio in the Italian city of Milan in the late 19th and early 20th century.
M. Guigoni & E. Bossi operated a portrait studio at Corso Victor Emanuele 13 which specialized in childrens portraits, music personalities and government leaders. They had purchased the photography business of Icilio Calzolari for 30,000 lire in 1888, producing carte de visite, cabinet cards, and silver prints. Internationally known actors, singers, and composers who came to Milano for performances at La Scala and other theatres were attracted to the studio. Giocomo Puccini, Nellie Melba, Joseph Joachim, Eleonore Duse, Pietro Mascagni and many others had their portraits made by Guigoni & Bossi. In 1899, the studio documented a hunting party of Victor Emanuel III to the Norwegian Artic, producing silver prints of the expedition. Guigoni & Bossi show a second address for the business at Corso Victor Emanuele 22 in 1900.
After 1900 the studio produced gelatin silver prints and their photographs were found in numerous publications. A silver print photograph of WW I Italian general, Carlo Perro di Santa Maria autographed 30 March, 1924 mounted and embossed with mark of Guigoni & Bossi demonstrates the business operated into the 1920s.
(Kindly contributed by Max Hochstetler, June 2007)
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