Haynes’ Studio Car a Relic of the Past

“Hogs And Hominy” Makes Moving Picture Debut
October 4, 1915

Frithjof “Fred” Holmboe, who has operated a photographic studio here for several years, has made the state’s first moving picture which is now playing at the agricultural exposition in the city. J.B. Mills, publicity man for the state-sponsored event, hired Holmboe to make a movie that would promote home-grown products. The two men filmed in several towns, including Hazelton and New Salem. Just two years ago the Bismarck photographer purchased his movie-making equipment.

Last year he accompanied Governor Louis Hanna to Norway and filmed the presentation of a statue of Abraham Lincoln to the Norwegian people. While he was there, he made his own moving picture about Norway. Since most towns of any size now have a moving picture theater, the Norway movie has played around the state to enthusiastic audiences. Holmboe sees a great future for moving pictures in North Dakota.

The coming of moving pictures and resident photographers in most towns has derailed the famous studio railroad cars. The most well known of these moving studios belonged to Frank Jay Haynes who operated out of his Fargo business. Since the late 1870s Haynes and his photographers have taken thousands of photographs of North Dakota scenes and people.

Although he moved his headquarters to St. Paul in 1889, the “Haynes Palace Studio Car” was a frequent visitor to North Dakota towns along the Northern Pacific until it ceased operation in 1904. The studio car was completely outfitted with the latest equipment and a darkroom. Our knowledge of what North Dakota looked like in those early years, we owe to pioneer photographers like Haynes.

By Dr. D. Jerome Tweton


Originally published as The North Star Dakotan student newspaper, written by Dr. D. Jerome Tweton and supported by the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Grade Level


Subject Matter

Social Studies

North Star Dakotan:

Journals and Art Work: The Indian People, The Trade, and The Land

The Indian People

The Purchase and Exploration of Louisiana

The Fur Trade

Dakota Territory

The Military Frontier

The Reservation System

George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

The Great Dakota Boom, 1878-1890

Reservation Troubles, 1886-1890

The Making of a State and a Constitution

The North Dakota Economy, 1890-1915

Life on the Indian Reservations

The North Dakota National Guard and the Philippines

North Dakota, The Great War and After

The Nonpartisan League's Rise to Power

The Nonpartisan League in Power

The Nonpartisan League's Decline

The 1920s

1930s: North Dakota's Economic and Political Climate

The New Deal in North Dakota

The Road to World War II

North Dakota and American Society

North Dakota Optimism and Economic Developments

North Dakota and Political Change

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