Charles Henry Abbott was born in small lumber town of Cambro, Michigan
in 1894. The family moved west to Portland, Oregon when he was young. He lived
there until after high school when he followed his brother to Hawaii to work on
a pineapple plantation. While in Hawaii, he served in the Hawaiian National
Guard. Charles was drafted into the Army, 23d Engineers on Nov. 16, 1917. The
next four years were spent on the front lines of WWI in Europe. During and
after the end of the WWI, Chuck photographed the war torn landscape. After the
war he traveled throughout Europe and eventually ended up in New York, where he
Chas. H. Abbott Photography and sold sets of his war
photos. With money from the sale of the photographic sets he was able to open
an exotic bird shop on Fifth Avenue with his German partner. The business
prospered until the Depression in Germany destroyed the trade in exotic birds.
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