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Charles F. Bretzman was a partner in the photo company Koehne & Bretzman of Chicago. He appears in the Indianapolis city directory as a photographer in 1902. Bretzman was the first official photographer for the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Around 1925, his son Charles Noble, (known as Noble) began working with him. Noble quickly became known for his fashion work, primarily with L.S. Ayres & Co. department store, and later for his work with Indianapolis illustrator and cartoonist Cobb Shinn. The Bretzman studio flourished in the post-WWII years creating commercial, portrait, wedding, and advertising work. From 1949 to 1954, Noble operated a studio in Wasson’s Department Store, exclusively for children’s portraits. In 1976, the Bretzman Photo Company closed after nearly eighty years in Indianapolis.  

 
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