Feb., 1975 Orange City Volusia County Florida, USA
A young and ambitious Gisbert L. Bosssad, better known as GLB, traveled from Germany to the United States of America at the age of 16, as a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. On his voyage to New York, he met Elsie Elsbeth Luck, who would become his wife in the new life that awaited them.
They were soon married, and together had 5 children while living in New York.
In his younger years he was an inventor. Inventing such things as the chimes doorbell, which afforded him retirement in his early 20's.
After that he became an avid photographer, which he pursued for the rest of his life. He is best known for pictures he took of the Salt Lake Valley (Downtown Salt Lake City today) and inside the Salt Lake LDS Temple. The temple pictures created an uproar and was in the papers from the Salt Lake Tribune to the New York Times in 1911.
"When the Salt Lake Tribune hit the streets on Saturday morning, 16 September 1911, the headline story dropped a bombshell: "Photographs secretly taken of Mormon Temple's interior by Gisbert L. Bossard; sent for sale to Church chief. President replies: ‘Church will not negotiate with thieves and blackmailers.'" Newspapers quickly sold out. Conversation on street corners, in businesses, and in homes was all about former Salt Lake City theater owner Max Florence, one of the key players in the exclusive Tribune story.
As the story broke, Florence was in New York City trying to sell "to the highest bidder" sixty-eight pictures taken clandestinely inside the temple. The Tribune informed readers: "It is said the pictures embrace flashlight photographs of the furnishings and adornments of every room in the magnificent edifice, together with reproductions of marriage records and minute books of many important meetings held by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency, running back over a considerable period."
The 1911 Pictures of the now downtown Salt Lake City in 1911, are probably pictures you will still see today regarding SLC history. Although there was a scandal over the Temple pictures in 1911, they are appreciated today also being a part of Salt Lake's History. The Temple was 18 years old at that time. Gisbert being 21, surely grew up with the mystery and wonder of the "Mormon Temple".
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