Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 2012.045.002
Description Print from a painting of Robert Siskin, father of Mose and Garrison Siskin (actual portrait located in the Siskin Education Building in Chattanooga). Born on April 17, 1868 in Kavarskas. His Hebrew name is Chaim Raphael Ziskind but was changed to Robert Hyman upon arrival to America. He married Hannah Trumpehofsky in the early 1890s and the reason for their journey to Chattanooga, Tennessee is still debated. He began his work as a peddler in Chattanooga and struggled to observe his strict Jewish faith. They had three children: Sarah, Mose and Garrison. Eventually, Robert turned to the scrap metal business to make a living. He would pass down his business, faith and determination to his children.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum mentions Peter A. Juley & Son (photographer) as one of the largest and most respected fine-arts photography firms in New York City. Their collections date from 1896-1975. Raymond P.R. Neilson painted the original portrait and is a well-known in New York City.
Print size 17.00" x 13.00"
Accession number 2012.045