Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Brooklyn's Kiser Studios.
The Sellwood Beefeatured a short piece on the Kiser Studios, formerly located at 3833 SE Milwaukie (at Bush St.) a while back.1
The Kiser Bros. (Oscar and Fred) started out as photo printers.2 Oscar drowned in 1905, but Fred carried on the business under the name Kiser Photo Company.
Kiser sold the company to Clarence Winter in 1915.
In 1922 the studio dabbled in silent film production, including a Western bank heist flick titled “Flames” (1926) featuring a very young Boris Karloff in the role of Blackie the Bandit. Some scenes where shot in Sullivan's Gulch. Others at a sandlot by Gregory Hall at Sacred Heart.
1 You can read the full article over at the Bee, tho' I'm not sure how long it will be posted there...
2 Print runs included the Columbia Gorge, Crater Lake, the 1904 St. Louis Expo, and the 1905 Portland Expo, which, it turns out, easily turned a greater profit than the its predesessor in 1904 .