Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century - A -


Most often a found photograph is of unknown people by an unknown photographer. Occasionally the names of the people in a photograph are written on it later. But, very seldom do we ever learn the name of the photographer.

In the case of the Cabinet Card and the Carte de Viste (CDV) the photographer's name or studio name is often included as part of the mounting. It is sometimes at

the narrow end of the mounting board on the front and sometimes it is given in an elaborate fashion on the reverse of the card.

These pages of the LOST GALLERY will present all of the CABINET CARDS in the collection where the photographer is known.

The name of the photographer will be

repeated in the text so that it can be included in internet searches by Google and Bing and the rest.

As more information about the photographer emerges it will be added here.

This is a project in progress. If you don't find something here on a photographer you are researching, check back again.

There are MANY photographs on each page so they might load slowly.

Below are the links to the alphabetized pages in the LOST GALLERY
cabinet card collection.


Cabinet Card man with moustache
Photographer:
Abell & Priest
Bancroft Building
723 Market Street
S F Cal

This cabinet card must have been finished in that short time between 1889 and 1891 when Abell and Priest worked together in San Francisco, CA.

Franklin George Abell
(1844 - 20 Jul 1910)

All data from US census and city directories

1844
born in Roscoe, Winnebago County, Illinois, on September 20
1857
family moves to Petaluma CA
1860
tries out working in the mining industry in eastern OR
1862
returns to California to pursue a career in photography
1863 Oct 01
marries Catherine Celissa Lauder
1863 - 1872
joins the gallery of William Shew to learn photography
1879 1882
opens own gallery 167-169 First Portland, OR
1884 - 1887
gallery operates as Abell and Son, 29 Washington, Portland, OR
1888
returns to San Francisco, CA, to open a galley
1889 - 1891
returns to San Francisco, CA, where he and Charles F. Priest open gallery at 723 Market
1900
US census finds him back in Portland, OR

1905
marries second wife Viola Baker in Orange, CA
1906 - 1907
opens a new gallery at 724 Johnson in Portland, OR
1908 - 1910
moves gallery to 631 Provident, Tacoma, WA
1910
dies in Tacoma, WA, at age 64 and is buried in Portland, OR



Charles F. Priest
(6 Jun 1852 - 5 Mar 1916)

All data from San Francisco, CA, city directories and US census

1852
Priest born in Massachusetts
1870
now living in San Francisco, CA
1873 - 1874
as carpenter for stepfather William H. Smith; res 730 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
1875 - 1878
as carpenter for stepfather William H. Smith; res 1033 Howard, San Francisco, CA



1880
US census says working as carpenter, city directory says working as machinist; res 18 ½ Rausch, San Francisco, CA
1881
as brushmaker living at 18 ½ Rausch, San Francisco, CA
1882 - 1883
as brushmaker living at 323 Minna, San Francisco, CA
1885
Marries Frances C Lauder
1887
as carpenter again; res 427 9th, San Francisco, CA
1889 - 1891
as photographer with Franklin George Abell at 723 Market, top floor, San Francisco, CA
1896
as photographer at 723 Market but Abell is not mentioned
1897 - 1900
as photographer at 2518 Mission, San Francisco, CA
1901 - 1915
as photographer at 2532 Mission, San Francisco, CA
1916
Priest dies in San Francisco, CA, age 63


JAMES C. ADAMS

Cabinet Card Woman Portrait
Photographer: J. C. Adams
108 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Cabinet Card Woman Portrait
Photographer: J. C. Adams
135 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Ind.

One could almost make a case that there were two men named J. C. Adams in the northern part of Indiana near Fort Wayne, around the turn of the nineteenth century. It doesn’t help that in FOUR census reports, he calls himself a farmer while historical accounts of him and his own death certificate describe him as a photographer. But, similarity in addresses, birthplaces of parents and the names of his wife and children, seem to make the farmer also the photographer.

It appears he started out as a farmer living next door to his father, William Adams, a Brick mason in Harrison Township, Blackford County, IN. In 1890 James Adams was learning photography as an artist with the Wm. Salzmann studio in Fort Wayne, IN, just 40 miles north of Blackford County. In 1892, his daughter was born in Bluffton, IN, 20 miles south of Fort Wayne. Then he moved another 20 miles south, back to Harrison Township, Blackford County in 1900.

By 1910 he is living next door in the same Blackford County in Washington Township, Hartford City, IN, where he maintained his photography studio. His farm land may well have been in the rural Harrison Township while he maintained residence in Hartford City in Washington Township.

James C. Adams
(3 Mar 1856 - 21 Sep 1927)

1856
Born in Indiana
1879
married Mary Schwartzkopf
1880
US census as farmer in Harrison Township, Blackford County, IN (where Hartford City is)
1889
NOT in Fort Wayne city directory
1890
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory as artist with Wm Salzmann photo studio, res 64 Force
1891
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory as photographer at 135 Broadway
1892
birth of daughter Mary Laverna Adams in Bluffton, IN, halfway between Fort Wayne and Hartford, IN (Source Mary Adams death certificate)
1893 - 1895
NOT in Fort Wayne, IN, city directory
1893
Operates as photographer in Hartford City, IN (Indiana Historical Society)
1895 - 1903
photo studio at 401 S Jefferson st (Indiana Historical Society)

This is not likely to be our photographer:
Fort Wayne Sentinel - 18 Sep 1880


1900
US census as Farmer in Harrison Township, Blackford County, IN (no street address shown)
1905 - 1916
photo studio at 209 ½ N Jefferson st Hartford City, Blackford, IN (Indiana Historical Society)
1910
US census as Farmer 438 Spring in Hartford City, IN
(The house was located at the junction of three streets, Spring, Patterson and Williams. The census enumerator apparently got the house number correct but placed it on Spring rather than Patterson.)
1911
Hartford City city directory as farmer at 438 E Patterson
1920
US census as farmer 438 Patterson in Hartford City, IN
1927
death certificate as photographer at 438 E Patterson in Hartford City, IN

Sources: Fort Wayne city directory 1890. 1891
Hartford City city directory 1911 (only one available)
Find-A-Grave website
Blackford County/ Photographers Collection, CA. 1880–1939
US census 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
Death Certificates

This is not James Adams either.
Argos, IN, Reflector - 2 Apr 1891


Cabinet Crd couple
Photographer: J. H. Allen
Russell, Kansas

On Reverse:
Clovis N. M.
June 24 - ???9
I found this picture of
you and your girl and
I know you want it
so this is why I am
sending it to you well
I (illegible) you have changed
some since I saw you
last you have growned
to be good looking
since I saw you last
please write me a perscription
on beauty finding and
maby some day I will
send you and Lizzie
one of my picture
Guess who

On front:
This speaks of the future
Ha Ha

It is quite possible that the Cabinet Card on the left is a copy of an earlier photograph. The detail is very soft. It is quite faded and damaged however, making assessment difficult.

Some census information was found on photographer Joseph H. Allen of Russell, Kansas. He was born in England in January of 1849 and immigrated to Connecticut in the US in 1866.

By the 1880 federal census he was living in Russell, Kansas, with wife Catharine Allen and two daughters, Ida and Alberta and one son, Henry C. Allen. The daughters are shown as being born in Connecticut in 1875 and 1877. Henry C. was born in Kansas in 1879. So the Allen family moved to Kansas sometime between 1877 and 1879. Joseph H. is listed as farmer in 1880.

Just five years later, the 1885 Kansas census shows J. H. Allen of Russell, Kansas, as widowed and living with only his two daughters, Ida and Alberta, now 7 and 9 years old. No mention of Henry C. Allen. Joseph H. Allen is now listed as photographer.

The Kansas state census of March 1915 has 66 year old Joseph H. Allen, without family, living alone. He is still listed as a photographer.

This cabinet card must have been finished after about 1880 and before about 1920. The style of the card would put early in that span, possibly 1890.

The photograph itself might be as much as ten years older, if it is indeed a copy of an earlier photograph.


For two hours every morning... and evening...
Photographer: Anderson
511 and 513 N. S. Square
Springfield, Ill.

Lymon Sperry Anderson was born in Sweetwater, New York, 30 Apr 1847. He moved to Springfield about 1872 and started into the photography business shortly thereafter. He continued in the photography business until his death in 1913.

His studio was at 511-513 East Washington Street in Springfield, IL, from about 1884 on.

For earlier addresses see the great research on Lymon Sperry Anderson at
Lincoln's Springfield

Cabinet Card Man
Photographer:
Robt. M. D. Anderson

Robert M. D. Anderson was born in 1860 in Maryland. His photography business was conducted mostly in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Although he was in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 US census, no other documents have been found; no death certificate, no city directory listings, not even another family tree included him or his wife.

1900
US census as photographer at High st, Fayetteville, TN
1910
US census as photographer at Mill st, Fayetteville, TN
1920
US census as photographer at 229 s Front st, Rockwood, TN

The couple had three children but apparently none of them survived infancy. Wife Amy M. Anderson gave a different age at each census.

This cabinet card must have been finished before he moved from Fayetteville to Rockwood.



Man with moustache
Photographer: Anglin & Randall
75 1/2 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA.
Seven more examples HERE

Very little has been found about Anglin & Randall. J. Robert Anglin worked as a "retoucher" for MM & WH Gardner according to city directories around 1890. Nothing so far on Randall.

Below is an interesting clip from the Atlanta Constitution July 19, 1896.



Cabinet Card woman
Photographer: The Apex
378 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas

Who the actual photographers were at "The Apex" is still unknown.

Another example shows the address as The "APEX" 948 Elm St. Dallas, Tex.

Here is another example with an approximate date at
SMU Central University Libraries


Cabinet Card gentleman
Photographer: G. C. Arless
Montreal
(Enhanced for detail)
Cabinet Card gentleman
Reverse of the cabinet card on the left

G. C. Arless of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

LOST GALLERY is currently researching US photographers. Those based outside the US are a future project.

L'atelier of Portrush, Northern Ireland.

LOST GALLERY is currently researching US photographers. Those based outside the US are a future project.

Fashion couple
Photographer: L' Atelier
2 Main St. Portrush
There is another photo from this studio HERE

Family of five
Photographer: A. S. Atkins
Arkadelphia, Ark.
family of five reverse

Adolphus Scott Atkins (1854-1900) worked mainly in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, from about 1875 to 1900. There is no city directory available so no addresses are known.

He married Ruth Hawkins in 1879 and they had four children.


"None but first-Class work
allowed to leave the Studio."

"Special attention given to copying and enlarg-
ing old pictures to life size."

Life size?


A few additional ways to date cabinet cards

Card stock
1866–1880: square, lightweight mount
1880–1890: square, heavy weight card stock
1890s: scalloped edges

Card colors
1866–1880:
thin, light weight card stock in white, off white or light cream; white and light colours were used in later years, but generally on heavier card stock

1880–1890:
different colors for face and back of mounts

1882–1888:
matte-finish front, with a creamy-yellow, glossy back

(From WIki)

Borders
1866–1880: red or gold rules, single and double lines
1884–1885: wide gold borders
1885–1892: gold beveled edges
1889–1896: rounded corner rule of single line
1890s on: Embossed borders and/or lettering

(From Wiki)



For more information on dating Cabinet Cards see PHOTOTREE

Lettering
1866–1879 Photographer name and address often printed small and neatly just below the image, and/or studio name printed small on back.

1880s on: Large, ornate text for photographer name and address, especially in cursive style. Studio name often takes up the entire back of the card.

Late 1880s–90s Gold text on black card stock

1890s on: embossed studio name or other embossed designs

(From Wiki)


Below are the links to the alphabetized pages in the LOST GALLERY
cabinet card collection.

There are MANY photographs on each page so they might load slowly.

Go back to THE MAIN INDEX PAGE
There are now more than 8,000 photographs in the Lost Gallery.
Or try out the NEW BACK PAGE INDEX


Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century - B -


Most often a found photograph is of unknown people by an unknown photographer. Occasionally the names of the people in a photograph are written on it later. But, very seldom do we ever learn the name of the photographer.

In the case of the Cabinet Card and the Carte de Viste (CDV) the photographer's name or studio name is often included as part of the mounting. It is sometimes at

the narrow end of the mounting board on the front and sometimes it is given in an elaborate fashion on the reverse of the card.

These pages of the LOST GALLERY will present all of the CABINET CARDS in the collection where the photographer is known.

The name of the photographer will be

repeated in the text so that it can be included in internet searches by Google and Bing and the rest.

As more information about the photographer emerges it will be added here.

This is a project in progress. If you don't find something here on a photographer you are researching, check back again.

There are MANY photographs on each page so they might load slowly.

Below are the links to the alphabetized pages in the LOST GALLERY
cabinet card collection.


Cabinet Card woman and baby
Photographer: Baer
Baraboo, Wis
Cabinet Card woman
reverse of the card at the left
Cabinet Card woman with braids
Photographer: Baer
Baraboo, Wis

Cabinet Card Man with Beard
Photographer: Baer
Barraboo, Wis

Only three references to Alfred Baer, photographer, were found.

There were many references to an Alfred Baer, physician, but no connection could be made to the photographer.

There is also an Alfred Baer listed in the 1940 US census, the Find-a-Grave website and the 1905 Wisconsin state census but no occupation is included anywhere and this one was born in 1899 making him basically too young for the cabinet card era.

Timeline
1870 US census at 7 living with Gattiker family
1880 Baer worked at William Lathrop studio, La Crosse, WI, (from narrative about Lathrop)
1907 Red Wing, MN, city directory as photographer

No guess on the age of these cabinet cards, although the designs do indicate 1890 or after. If further information turns up it will be added here.

Cabinet Card Woman

Brothers
Photographer: B. W. Barrett
Home Portrait Co.
41 N. Main St. Kokomo, Ind.

There were many newspaper articles mentioning B. W. Barrett in North Carolina, Georgia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Louisiana. None of these could be connected to being a photographer in Indiana.

There were many small ads for Home Portrait Co. in Indiana newspapers of Indianapolis, Bookville and Fort Wayne but none seemed connected to a studio at 41 N Main, in Kokomo, IN.

Home Portrait Company of Indianapolis apparently had several people working under that name as photographers and agents.

These photographers were found:
J. W. Barrett of La Salle, IL
Charles Barrett of San Francisco, CA
George Barrett of Philadelphia, PA
Robert W. Barrett of New York, NY
James W. Barrett of Lockport, NY
Frank W. Barrett of Barre, VT
Charles W. Barrett of Springfield, MA
B. W. Barrett of London, England
Mrs B. J. Barrett of Pasadena, CA

One could speculate that B. W. Barrett of Kokomo, IN, was only in business a short time.

Cabinet Card man
Photographer
F. E. Baynes
Britt, IA

Nothing on J. F. Baynes, photographer, has been found in Britt, IA, or anywhere. There was grocer in Louisville, KY in 1913 and a married couple living in London between 1927 and 1936 with the name F. E. Baynes.


Cabinet Card Man
Photographer:
Wm. H. Beck
Morrisonville, ILL
1894
Cabinet Card Man
Reverse of the card on the left

Although there seems to have been several photographers in the cabinet card era named Beck, none could be connected to this one in Morrisonville, IL.

This card, however, has a date printed on the reverse as part of the logo. 1894

This is one of the few cards in LOST GALLERY that has a date in the printed logo on the reverse.



Photographer: Bell
Eastside Square, Girard, Kans.

The small town of Girard, Kansas, had at least three families with the name Bell in residence at about the same time. Two of them were photographers.

There was James R. Bell and wife Mary. Newspaper items show James was a photographer on South forth in Girard, KS, from about 1886 to about 1896.

There was the John Q. Bell family with census records and a few city directories placing them in Girard, KS, from about 1880 to 1908. All records indicate he was either a Farmer or a lumber merchant.

Then there is the case of Miss Z. M. Bell, who shows up in newspaper accounts in Girard and other cities in Kansas, from 1906 to 1920 as a photographer.

So far, no evidence has been found to tie the three family strains together. But, it seems unlikely the three would inhabit the same small Kansas town and not be related in some way.

At this point it seems quite likely that the cabinet card shown here could have been done by James R. Bell between 1886 and 1896. However, the heavy embossed design of the card indicates it was probably done after 1890 perhaps by Miss Z. M. Bell.


Cabinet Card woman
Photographer: Bemesderfer
33 South Prussian Street
Manheim, PA

John K. Bemesderfer
(13 Dec 1863 - 4 Jan 1954)

John Bemesderfer was an artist/photographer/picture framer in Pennsylvania

All information from US census, Lancaster and Norristown city directories and a biography From Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania; a history. Vol. 3 (ub 1923)

1863
born in Manheim, PA
1880 - 1881
works on a farm
1881 - 1884
works at planning mill
1890
Lancaster, PA city directory as crayon artist at s Prussian; bds e High

a typical city directory listing

1892
marries Salome Swartley
1906 - 1910
works as janitor at 230 Main in Norristown, PA
1911
Opens his own store at 407 w Marshall, in Norristown, PA
1912 - 1944
Norristown city directories John Bemesderfer operates variously as artist, photographer, picture framer, mirror restorer and sells art objects all at 407 w Marshall.
1949-1951
no occupation given
1954
dies of peritonitis at age 90

This cabinet card must have been done before 1911 when he opened his own shop, probably around 1890.


Cabinet Card portrait
Photographer
Parrish & Berry
Waltham St.
Hull

Only one item found on this pair. It does describe their years of operation a bit.

British Photography Journal
1908

This would seem to put their partnership within the years of 1908 and 1915.

Portrait
Photographer: Best
Albia, Iowa
(reverse blank)

Nothing found on this photographer


Cabinet Card
Photographer
W. O. Bibel
Chenoa
(See the REVERSE)


William Oscar Bibel
(May 1866 - 16 Oct 1933)

W. O. Bibel had a relatively short career in photography, from about 1886 to 1891. His time in Chenoa, IL was even shorter as noted by a small newspaper item from the Bloomington Pantagraph, 21 Oct 1887 that he had closed his Chenoa studio.

Bloomington Pantagraph 21 Oct 1887

After 1891 he was a railroad fireman, cigar shop proprietor, a street car repairman and a gardener for the city park.

His brother Charles Adolph Bibel was also in the photography business but only for a very short time.

The Bibel family (originally Schwitalskey) was a colorful and apparently hot headed group. In 1880, W. O. Bibel’s mother Margaret and another brother Louis G. were arrested and jailed for attempting to murder his father Louis J. Bibel (Schwitalskey), a shoemaker.
The newspaper accounts of the attempt and the subsequent trial are quite humorous.


This cabinet card from Chenoa, IL, must have been finished in that short time between 1886 and 1887.


Cabinet Card man with moustache
Photographer: Bishoff Bros
Minneapolis, KAS
Cabinet Card portrait of a young woman
Photographer: Bishoff Bros
Minneapolis, KAS
Cabinet Card woman in dress
Photographer: Bishoff Bros
Minneapolis, KAS

Although examples of photographs from the Bishoff Brothers studio are plentiful around the net, tracing the brothers themselves has been difficult. City directory and census listings so far have turned up only Bertha, a bookkeeper; Simon, a peddler; David, a vulcanizer; Sam, a peddler; Kitty, a stenographer; and Raymond, a clerk.

In 1910 the population of the town of Minneapolis, KS, was only 1,800. One would think that if two brothers with an unusual name were in business as photographers, it would show up somewhere.


Cabinet Card Man
Photographer
Bishop Bros.
Altoona, PA.

Henry T. Bishop (1853-1917) and three sons, James E. (1860-), Theodore (1852-) and William N.(1849-) were all photographers working mainly in Philadelphia, Altoona, Chambersburg, PA and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studios were named Bishop, H. T. Bishop, and Bishop Bros.

It appears there were as many as five other photographers named Bishop around the turn of the 19th century. Only one, Isaac R. Bishop actually worked in the Philadelphia area. Others were in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

Three Children
Photographer: Blanchard
Montpelier, VT.

Azel Norman Blanchard (1843-1923) photographer in 1865, Barre, Vermont and in 1880, Monpelier.
Another example and a bit more biography at
Cabinet Card Gallery.


Cabinet Card Baby
Photographer:
E. H. Bliven
Paullina, Iowa

Although there seems to be much history about a Robert Henry Bliven of Ohio and Missouri, nothing has been found on E. H. Bliven.

Long after the cabinet card era, in 1949-1958 there was a photographer in Omaha, NB, Alert L. Bliven and wife Isabel K. Bliven. This tree was followed back and no siblings or cousins were found with the initials E. H. Bliven.

Cabinet card baby
Photographer: Blocker
Succesor to Rowley and Blocker
Cor 11th and Main Sts.
entrance 8 E 11th St.
Kansas City, Mo.

One Blocker was found as a photographer. There were a number of photographers at the end of the 18th century named Rowley. Nothing has been found yet to connect any of them to this photographer in Kansas City, MO.

Blocker, A. M.(PA, Myerstown)
Rowley, W. C. (NY, Elmira)
Rowley, Douglas S (MA,Springfield)
Rowley, Edward H (NY,Brooklyn)
Rowley, Edward H (NY,New York)
Rowley, Evert (IL,Oregon)
Rowley, Fred C (CA,Berkeley)
Rowley, John D (IL,Oregon)
Rowley, M V (CO,Denver)
Rowley, Morris M (IL,Oregon)
Rowley, Morris V (MO,St. Joseph)
Rowley, S R (NY,Hastings-on-Hudson)
Rowley, Wesley C (NY,Elmira)


Cabinet Card couple
Photographer: Bloomer with Carpenter
236 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.

No information has been found on Bloomer. But the Carpenter here is probably the same as A. C. Carpenter shown later on this page.


Cabinet Card Woman
Photographer:
Bower
Slater, Mo.
1889

Merrick Boyden Bower (3 Dec 1832 - 7 Nov 1913) was a photographer along with at least two of his sons at one time or another. Keep in mind also that this was a very large family. A brother Henry C. Bower was a photographer in Kansas City for a time and any of several cousins and grandchildren could also have been photographers. The best scenario however is that in the cabinet card era, Merrick Boyden Bower was the most likely candidate.

There is little doubt about the date of this photograph as 1887 is imprinted on the face of the card along with the name and city. Slater, MO, was only about 70 miles from Kansas City where M. D. Bower lived from 1870 on.

In case there are examples of photographs from Bower that are not imprinted with a date here is a timeline showing important events in his life and where he was at the time.

1832 Dec 03
born in Union City, PA
1850
living at Tazewell, IL age 18

1858 May 21
marriage to Virginia E. Thompson
1859 Sep 09
birth of son William Leslie in Kansas City, MO
1860 Jun 17
as farmer in Tazewell, IL
1863 Jul 01
as farmer in Malone, IL
1865 Jun 07
as farmer in Potosi, KS
1870 Jul 18
as photographer working with Williams Simmons at a Stereotype Gallery
1871 Feb 07
marries Rosanna Catherine Bird in Clay, MO
1874 - 1875
as photographer at own studio 1215 Grand; res 1314 Grand, Kansas City, MO; brother Henry C. Bower listed as photographer at same address
1876
as photographer at Bower Brothers studio 546 Main, Kansas City, MO with Henry C. Bower
1878
as photographer working at another studio; son Henry C. Bower has studio at 1222 Union av WK

1879
as photographer working at another studio (probably J Ploetz, 618 Main)
1880 - 1881
as photographer for J Ploetz 618 Main Kansas City, MO
1889
as photographer working at unknown studio
1898
brother Henry C. Bower moves to Deer Creek, CO; he later lives in Colorado Springs, CO and Los Angeles, CA and seems never to return to Kansas City, MO
1900
as photographer at unknown studio
1910
as photographer living with son James O. Bower
1913
Nov 07 dies of pneumonia at age 80

As you can see Merrick worked for another studio most of the time. He could, as many photographers of the time, take days off and work in rented rooms in neighboring towns for a week.


Cabinet Card two children
Watson and Bowles
Wyandotte
(Lister under Watson also)

Mrs. Esther A. Bowles (nee Buck) lived her entire life in Michigan. She was born in April 1853. She worked as a photographer In Wyandotte, Michigan, from 1892 to 1921. She married the Reverend George A. Bowles in 1869.

So far, no "Watson" photographer of that time period in Michigan, has been found.


Cabinet Card Portrait
Photographer:
Bowman Hughes & Company
205 N. 16th St. Omaha, Neb.

Benjamin E. Hughes and Charles M. Bowman were both photographers in Omaha, NE. They worked together as Bowman Hughes only a short time between 1890 and 1892.

A sketchy timeline of their time in photography has been assembled from Omaha city directory listings. No biographical information on either has been assembled.
(All data from the Omaha city directory)
1884 - 1885
Bowman or Hughes not listed
1886
Hughes partnered with G Heyn
1887
Bowman as photographer partnered with J. E. North; Hughes as photographer
1888
Bowman as photographer at 205 N 16th; Hughes as photographer at 1509 Douglas

1889
Bowman as photographer 205 n 16th; Hughes partnered with Alvord
1890 - 1892
Working as Bowman Hughes at 205 N 16th
1893 - 1896
Hughes partnered with Sandberg; Bowman not listed
1897 - 1900
Hughes partnered with Sandberg; Bowman not listed
1902
Hughes partnered with Allen; Bowman not listed
1904
Hughes partnered with Sandberg; Bowman not listed
1905
as Hughes and Co. but not in Bus. Section; Bowman not listed
1906
Hughes not listed; Bowman not listed


Cabinet Card Baby

No research has been done so far on J. D. Boyd.


Portrait
Photographer: Boyd
1206 & 1208 Pearl Street
Cleveland, O.
(Nothing on reverse)

Samuel C. Boyd was born in Ontario, Canada. He immigrated to Chicago, Illinois. In 1882.
In Chicago, Illinois, Samuel Boyd operated from 1887 to 1893
In Cleveland, Ohio, Samuel Boyd operated at 1206 Pearl in 1895. From 1896 to 1899 his address was apparently 1206-1208 Pearl.

Samuel married Mary McKenzie in 1878. They had three children, Ella, Jessie and Verna. Mary died in 1903 and two years later Samuel married Mary’s sister, Jesse McKenzie-Austey who had been boarding with the family since 1882.

Here are two more examples of the work from Boyd in Cleveland:
Seated Woman and Two Children



Samuel C. Boyd


Cabinet Card six women
Photographer: T. G. Boyer
Altamont, Ills.

Theodore George Boyer
(23 Aug 1850 - 18 Dec 1926)

Without the availability of city directories for Altamont, IL, and nearby towns, little was found to substantiate Theodore George Boyer’s career in photography. Only one mention was found, in the 1880 US census while he was living in Altamont, IL.

Cabinet Cards have been found with locations imprinted including, Altamont, IL, Carbondale, IL, Centralia, IL, Columbus, IN, Effingham, IL, Grand Tower, IL, Ramsey, IL, and Vandalia, IL. All are within about 200 miles of Altamont, IL.

1850 Aug 23
born in Coshocton, OH (and sources do not wholly agree on that date)
1880 Jun 15
at age 29 as photographer in Altamont, IL, no address given
1900 Jun 7
at age 49 as farmer in Avena, IL
1910 Apr 25
at age 60 as farmer in Union, White, AR
1926 Dec 16
dies at age 76 of prostate cancer, death certificate says he is a “merchant”

So it is left that this cabinet card must have been done around 1880 but at least before 1900.




Two children in a studio
Photographer:
F. Bradbrook
Red Cloud, Neb.
From the Red Cloud Chief, 05 Oct 1906


Man, wife, two daughters, one son
Photographer: Brady & Medaris
28 Oct 1948



In the 1900 US Census James Brady is listed as a photographer.
James is the brother of Meda Brady, wife of W. A. Medaris.


Two girls studio
Photographer J.? E. Bragg
Artist - Traveling Photographer
No other information at this time.
 Cora Lee Granger
Photographer: Brewer’s Art Studio
Belfast, N. Y.
No other information at this time.
Here is a link to
CABINET CARD GALLERY
on wordpress, for another photo from this studio.
My chair is bigger than your chair.
Photographer: Brewster, Main St., Montpelier, Vt.

Brewster (probably Frank G.) apparently dated his cabinet cards. Other examples found showed similar dating. One document placed him at 98 Main and another at 120 Main.
No other information at this time


Cabinet Card Woman
Photographer:
Hugo Broich
Milwaukee


Hugo Broich photography was at 3rd and Chestnut streets in Milwaukee from 1858 to 1870
He moved to 116 and 118 Spring Street in Milwaukee in 1870
Apparently Spring Street was changed to Grand Avenue in 1876 then to Wisconsin Avenue in 1926.
He retired from active photography in 1896.
Broich died in 1905.

The addresses shown on cabinet cards should help date them.

At the right from The Milwaukee Eau Clare Reader
August 16, 1896



Cabinet Card - Man with mustache
Photographer: H. G. Brown
E. W. Clark (Listed also under Clark)
No. 11 Broadway
Whitehall, N. Y.

No biographical information has been connected to H. G. Brown so far.

H. G. Brown was found in the Saratoga, New York, city directories as “Photographer” for years 1886 through 1891. The 1892 directory lists the name followed only by “removed to New York.”

There are some entries for Hugh G. Brown in the US census and the New York state census for those years but since the birth date and other essential information is missing, there are no credible connections.


Cabinet Card Woman
Photographer: H. R. Brown
Mo. Valley, Iowa
Cabinet Card Woman
Reverse of the Cabinet Card on the left
Child on a chair
Photographer:Brown
No. 19 West Main Street
Marshalltown, Iowa

Six Sioux City, IA, city directory listings were found for Henry R. Brown between 1884 and 1894. Beyond that the popularity of the name clouds any other connection. Many H. R. Brown entries were found with a wide variety of occupations but no positive connection could be made. Also there was an R. H Brown in Iowa about the same time.

As indicated on the reverse of this card he traveled to Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

No biographical information has been found.


Timeline
1884
Sioux City, IA, city directory, as photographer at J H Hamilton, bds St Elmo Hotel
1889
Sioux City, IA, city directory, as photographer at 413th, res 1623 Pierce
1890
Sioux City, IA, city directory, as photographer (Brown and Wait) res 1512 Ingleside Ave
1892
Sioux City, IA, city directory, as Collector res Hedges Sta. MS

1893
Sioux City, IA, city directory, res N of Hedges Sta. MS
1894
Sioux City, IA, city directory, entry says “Moved back to Rock Valley, IA”
February 03, 1910, through July 07, 1911
A small one line ad for “Brown, Photographer, 19 West Main” runs in the Marshalltown, IA, Evening Times Republican
1911 Feb 25
Marshalltown evening Times-Republican, “Brown the photographer will move March 1, 1911 to corner over Abbot’s hardware store”


1911 Jun 12 - July 21
Evening Times Republican, Marshalltown, IA as says “Brown ‘the man behind the camera’ now located over Abbott’s hardware store” (Corner Main and Center Streets)
1912
No mention found in Iowa newspapers

The cabinet card above right was probably finished between February 1910 and July 1911.

No guess on when the cabinet card above left was made.


Cabinet Card
Photographer: J. Brown
136 - 138 Grand Ave.
Milwaukee
Nothing on reverse

Note that photographer Thoms (shown on page R through T) and J. Brown use the same address at 134 and 136 Grand Avenue, Milwaukee, Wi, but probably not at the same time.

And the studio is very close to Hugo Broich who was at 116-118 Spring (aka Grand) Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. All three were active between 1890-1900.


Joseph Collier Brown
(Mar 1851 - 24 Aug 1948)

1851 Mar
Born in Austria
1857-1859
Arrival in US
1874
Marriage to Mary Frans
1880
Sons Joseph and Alexander, apparently twins, are born, Milwaukee, WI
1885
as photographer at 136 Grand
1886
as photographer at 138 Grand
1887
Son Edwin Brown born in Milwaukee, WI
1888
as photographer at 136 Grand


1890
as photographer at 524 Center
1891 -1899
no records found
1900
as photographer at 762 18th ave
1905
as photographer at 529 12th
1908
as photographer at 537 12th Death of son?
1909
as photographer at 539 12th
1910
as photographer at 2102 Vine
1920-1926
as photographer at 3803 Lisbon
1927-1947
no records found. Apparently quits photography
1948
Dies at age 97


Cabinet Card chair and baby
Photographer: The Peoples gallery
Jas Bruce
Stillwater O. T.

Oklahoma became a state 16 Nov 1907. Before that it was called Indian Territory or Oklahoma Territory (OT).

It is difficult to ascertain whether James R. Bruce was a photographer for a while in Oklahoma Territory and then just disappeared or if he changed his profession to real estate and moved around a lot.

The only document that says he was a photographer is the 1900 US census, which places him in Eden, a township that no longer exists, in Payne County, OK, where Stillwater, OK, is also located. He, his father and mother were all born in Georgia. His birth date is given as Dec 1861.
His wife is shown as Elisa, born in Illinois, her father in Pennsylvania and her mother in New Jersey. Her birth date is Apr 1865.

Matching all of that information with other documents is tentative at best.

In the 1910 US Census the best match is James R. Bruce, age 49 (born 1861). He and his parents again are born in Georgia. No occupation is given. His wife is Eliece, age 42 (born 1868), from Illinois. Her father was born in Germany and her mother is from England.

By the 1920 US Census we find the best match in Waddel Creek, Moffat County, CO. He is listed as a farmer age 61 (born 1859). He and his parents again are from Georgia. His wife is still Eliece, age 50 (born 1879). She is from Illinois, her father from Germany and her mother from England.

1930 US Census finds him in Douglas County, Oregon. His “age at last birthday” was 69 (born 1860). He and his mother are still from Georgia but his father is now from North Carolina. He is now a real estate agent. His wife is now Eliza N. still from Illinois. Both her mother and father are from Germany now. This time she is 54 (born 1876)

The Douglas County, Oregon death registry shows James R. Bruce died 17 Dec 1938, his wife’s name given as Eliza.

If any of the leads from here on are to be believed, James R. Bruce never returns to the photography business but continues in real estate.

A James R. Bruce, realtor, can be found in Los Angeles, CA, gazetteer for 1912-1912.

Another James R. Bruce applied for a railroad job in 1911, age 50 (born 1861), but apparently lived in Oregon from 1883 to1911.

In 1935 there’s another James R. Bruce in the real estate business in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but his wife’s name is Georgia. Probably not a match if we are to believe the Oregon 1938 death registry where his wife’s name is given as Eliza.

And there are others in various employments, in several locations. With a stretch of imagination, about any of them could be the right James Bruce, but it is apparent he was photographer only around 1900.


Cabinet Card gentleman with moustache
Photographer: J. A. Brush
Hennepin Ave & Sixth St.
Minneapolis, Minn
Cabinet Card Gentleman with moustache
Reverse of the cabinet card on the left

James Albert Brush
(27 Aug 1846 - 22 May 1906)

1846
Born in Detroit, MI
1862
Detroit, MI, city directory as artist at 22 Montclaire
1865
Marriage to Alice Sprague
1869 - 1874
Detroit, MI, city directory as photographer at SW cor Woodward and Larned
1875 or 1876
relocates to Minneapolis, MN
1877-1878
as Brush & Company, 301 South Washington Av, Minneapolis, MN
1878-1882
223 Nicollet Av, Minneapolis, MN
1882-1886
609 Nicollet Av, Minneapolis, MN
1887-1897
601-603-605 Hennepin Av, Minneapolis, MN
1897-1905
33-35 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN

1906 May 22
death at 59 in Minneapolis, MN (one source says the cause was alcoholism)

This cabinet card must have been finished between 1887 and 1897

Minnesota Journal - 23 May 1906


Cabinet Card girl
Photographer: G. W. Bryant
Plattsburgh, Mo
Cabinet Card woman
Photographer: G. W. Bryant
Plattsburgh, Mo

George W. Bryant
Born: 2 November 1853 • Decatur County, Indiana, USA
Died: 8 Jul 1912 • Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri, USA
From the book “History of Northwest Missouri, Vol. 2”
“George R. Bryant was born in Plattsburg, March 7, 1881, a son of the late George W. Bryant. His father, who located at Plattsburg in 1878, was well known as an artist and photographer for many years. He (George W.) was born near Greensburg in Decatur County, Indiana, and was of English ancestry. He was married in Missouri in 1877 to Margaretta Robinson, and in 1878 they came to Plattsburg. George W. Bryant died at Plattsburg, July 10, 1912 at the age of 59.”

Active years in Plattsburg, about 1878-1910. Anything imprinted with Indiana would be before that.




Cabinet Card man
Photographer: Gray Button
124 North Travis
Sherman Texas

No information of any kind has been found for Gray Button.


Cabinet Card three children
Photographer: Byarlay & Shaff
Maryville, Mo.

Leonidas A. Byarlay
(26 Mar 1854 - 3 Sep 1834)

Amos George Shaff
(14 Aug 1857 - 25 Aug 1889)
Shaff included in timeline only for where it affects the life of Byarlay.

L. A. Byarlay has the distinction of being enumerated in the 1930 US census twice. On 9 Apr 1930 he is found at home with his wife Marie and son Ernest at 915 Fifth st where his occupation is noted as “butcher”. He is also found a few days later 30 Apr 1930, alone at his studio address 515 ½ S Edmund and noted as a “photographer”.

1854 Mar 26
Byarlay Born in Roseville, IL
1857 Aug 14
Shaff born in Baltimore, MI
1880
Maryville, MO, US census Byarlay as photographer
1880
Liberty, MO, US census Shaff as photographer on Franklin st
1881
Byarlay marriage to Helen E Crow (1855-1903) in Pottawattamie, IA
1884
Maryville, MO, Byarlay son Ernest (1884-) born

1885
Kansas City, MO, Amos Shaff is in Kansas City with Wilcox and Shaff
1885 Aug 11
Maryville, MO, Amos Shaff daughter Amy born
1889
St Joseph city directory lists Shaff as “Operator at L A Byarlay”
1889 Aug 25
Amos Shaff dies in Maryville, MO, age 32
1890
St Joseph city directory Byarlay listed as photographer at 717 Edmond
1896 - 1898
St Joseph, MO, city directory Byarlay as photographer at 1102 Frederick av; res same
1900
US census Byarlay as photographer; res 2203 Faranon st, St Joseph
1903 Jul 21
St Joseph, MO, Byarlay wife Helen dies
1904
Byarlay marriage to Marie Meschel (1872 - 1966)
1907
St Joseph, MO, city directory Byarlay as photographer at 121 ½ s Eighth
1908
St Joseph, MO, city directory Byarlay as photographer at 117 ½ s Eighth
1910
St Joseph, MO, city directory Byarlay as photographer at 116 s Eighth

1911
St Joseph, MO, city directory Byarlay as photographer at 114 ½ s Eighth
1920
St Joseph, MO, US census Byarlay as photographer residence at 813 Fifth
1919 Nov 01
St Joseph, MO, Observer Newspaper ad studio at 515 ½ Edmond
1921 Jan 22
St Joseph, MO, Observer newspaper ad at 515 Edmund
1926
St Joseph, MO, city directory Byarlay as photographer at 525 ½ Edmond; res: 915 n Fifth
1930
St Joseph, MO, US census Byarlay as butcher at res 915 Fifth
1930
St Joseph, MO, US census Byarlay as photographer at 515 ½ s Edmund
1932
St. Joseph, MO, city directory Byarlay as photographer at 515 ½ Edmund
1934
Byarlay dies in St. Joseph, MO, of a stroke; last residence as 915 n Fifth

It appears that this cabinet card could only have been done in that short span around 1885 when both Byarlay and Shaff were still in Maryville.


St. Joseph Observer 17 Dec 1883





A few additional ways to date cabinet cards

Card stock
1866–1880: square, lightweight mount
1880–1890: square, heavy weight card stock
1890s: scalloped edges

Card colors
1866–1880:
thin, light weight card stock in white, off white or light cream; white and light colours were used in later years, but generally on heavier card stock

1880–1890:
different colors for face and back of mounts

1882–1888:
matte-finish front, with a creamy-yellow, glossy back

(From WIki)

Borders
1866–1880: red or gold rules, single and double lines
1884–1885: wide gold borders
1885–1892: gold beveled edges
1889–1896: rounded corner rule of single line
1890s on: Embossed borders and/or lettering

(From Wiki)



For more information on dating Cabinet Cards see PHOTOTREE

Lettering
1866–1879 Photographer name and address often printed small and neatly just below the image, and/or studio name printed small on back.

1880s on: Large, ornate text for photographer name and address, especially in cursive style. Studio name often takes up the entire back of the card.

Late 1880s–90s Gold text on black card stock

1890s on: embossed studio name or other embossed designs

(From Wiki)


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