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In business at its present location in Seattle, Washington since
1981, Flury & Company Ltd. has established itself as one
of the leading galleries in the world dealing in the purchase
and sale of Edward S. Curtis photographic works.
Lois Flury, proprietor and Chief Executive Officer of Flury &
Company, has many years of experience dealing in Edward Curtis'
work and is considered an expert in the field. Ms. Flury was
first introduced to Curtis' photographs during the revival of
interest in his work that took place in the 1970s. In the Fall
of 1972, while working as a contemporary art dealer in Austin,
Texas, she was given the opportunity to purchase a group of
Curtis' photogravures that had come from the Charles Lauriat
Company collection in Boston, Massachusetts. She was immediately
captivated by his images and began to research and collect his
work with the assistance of her partner, James Flury.
In the course of her research, Ms. Flury had the opportunity to
meet some of the surviving members of Curtis' family, including
three of his children, Harold, Florence and Billy. What she
learned from the personal stories his children shared with her
greatly broadened her knowledge of and respect for Curtis and
his work. Ms. Flury has also been in contact with one of the
daughters of Curtis' younger brother, Asahel. Ms. Flury
purchased from her the collection of Edward Curtis' work that
had been in Asahel's possession.
In the mid 1970s Ms. Flury was fortunate enough to locate the
individual who had purchased Edward Curtis' personal collection
from his eldest daughter, Beth. She and James Flury gained
exclusive rights to buy from this invaluable cache of material.
It included photographs, photogravures, goldtones, manuscript
materials, field notes, and other miscellaneous ephemera.
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The Jackson Building, circa 1920