A. C. Keily

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1927 photo by Keily

Alfred C. "Argo" Keily, Jr (born October 9, 1908 - died March 25, 2004) was a commercial photographer in Birmingham whose studio was active here from the at least the mid 1920s to the early 1970s. In 1927 Keily advertised his specialty in commercial views along with any photographic commissions and Kodak photofinishing from his studio at 404 20th Street North.

Keily came to Birmingham from Americus, Georgia sometime after 1920 (though his Birmingham News obituary describes him as a "lifelong resident"). There was a photographer named Keily in Fort Valley, Georgia, and a "Keily's Art Studio" in Americus at the turn of the century which likely belonged to Keily's father, Alfred Sr. An Alfred C. Keily died in Birmingham on December 2, 1926 according to an obituary in the Americus Times-Record.

In 1953 Keily served as president of the Professional Photographers of Mississippi-Alabama. His photographs have appeared on numerous postcards. A collection of his prints is held by the Birmingham Public Library Archives.

Keily died on March 25, 2004 in Birmingham at the age of 95. He was interred at Elmwood Cemetery.


  • "Keily, Afred C. "Argo", age 95". (March 27, 2004) Deaths. Birmingham News.

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