Woodworker Gustav Stickley lived his adult life in the Syracuse Area. Cherry Valley Studio is also based on Syracuse. Stickley Furniture is still made in the Syracuse Suburb of Manlius NY. Stickley was probably the leading proponent of the craftsman movement. This is an arts and crafts style that emphasizes clean lines, simple design, and celebrates details of workmenship and jonery.
I was recently looking at historical books on google about Syracuse. One book that caught my interest was a portrait book of prominent people living in Syracuse from the late 1800’s. Who is I find in there but a young mustachioed Gustav Stickley. It gave is occupation as simply editor of The Craftsman.
I actually think it is the most flattering picture of him that I have seen.
The book was called Notable Men of Central New York: Syracuse and Vicinity, Utica and Vicinity … .
It was published in 1903 so I believe he would have been about 43 at the time of this photograph.