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. On Nov. 16, 1917 he was drafted into the Army, 23d Engineers. 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 formed Chas. H. Abbott Photography and marketed sets of the 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
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