History - Inter-State Studio


Inter-State Studio & Publishing, Co. was founded in 1933 by Guy Snyder in Sedalia, Missouri. Since then, we have grown into the nation’s largest family owned school portrait company. We pioneered yearbook creation and publishing in the 1960’s and continue to do so today. For more than 80 years, the Snyder family has led our company through innovation and a desire to succeed at the highest levels.

The Inter-State Studio Story

Guy Snyder founded Inter-State Studio & Publishing, Co. in 1933 and ran the business from his home in Sedalia, Missouri after learning the ins and outs of the business while employed by Julius Stern’s Hollywood Studio in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Guy approached local country schools to photograph children individually rather than as one large group, which was a new idea at the time. Because of the Great Depression, people were wary of traveling salesmen and paying for a product before it was in their hands. Because of this, Guy took the risk of providing the developed pictures to families, having them keep what they wanted and send what they didn’t, and payment, back. This understanding of his customers created the foundation of Inter-State Studio and informs how the company runs to this day.

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