The Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection consists of photographic prints and negatives taken by Ed Ehrhardt (1915-1996), a
Lodi, California, policeman, who off duty owned and operated Ehrhardt's Photo Shop with his wife, Winifred Wood Ehrhardt (1920-2009).
The images feature men, women, children, families, and other groups posing at weddings and other occasions. The collection
affords visual insights into a cross-section of society; clothing fashions; and wedding practices in and around Lodi, California,
during the last half of the twentieth century.
A native of Kansas, Edwin Ehrhardt (1915-1996) moved to Lodi, California, as a youth. Graduating from Galt High School, he
worked briefly at a local tire manufacturer, then joined the Lodi Fire Department. In 1948, he became an officer in the Lodi
Police Department and soon afterward won appointment as the Department's identification officer, a position he held until
his retirement two decades later. Ehrhardt subsequently attributed his hiring to a longstanding interest of his in photographic
skills. Several years after joining the Lodi Police Department, he opened Ehrhardt's Photo Shop with his wife. The Ehrhardts'
business is known to have taken official photographs at more than fourteen hundred local weddings during its forty years in
existence, many of which are represented in this collection.
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary