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About this collection

It is believed that photographer Louis De Planque, a native of Prussia, came to Mexico with Maximilian's army and eventually set up studios in Matamoros and Brownsville. He arrived in Corpus Christi in 1868 where he established his home and studio. Louis De Planque traveled throughout the South Texas region photographing the families of the area. De Planque was affectionately called DonĂ¢ Luis by the residents of the city who described him as an individual who loved celebrations and enjoyed playing practical jokes. Besides the photographs in this collection several of the collections of the early families of Corpus Christi contain his photographs. Mr. De Planque died on May 1, 1898 and is buried alongside his wife in the Old Bayview Cemetery.

 
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