Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century - G -

Please note:
As of September 2017 this series will no longer be updated here.
All content has been transferred to a new site called
Cabinet Card Photographers
All future additions will be made there.

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.

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.

Profile of woman
Photographer: G. F. Gale
Joliet & Aurora, Ill

Documentation was found to show George F. Gale to be a photographer from 1865 to 1898.
Unfortunately this appears to be incomplete. No biographical information has been found. After 1896 no positive connections have been made.
Birth according to Civil War Registration
Civil War registration lists him as artist at 20 years old
(Joliet, IL, city directory) listed as Gale and Curtis photographers
(Joliet, IL, city directory) as Gale Brothers with John G. Gale
1888 - 1895
(Joliet, IL, city directory) as photographer at Barber Building, 114-116 Chicago St.

(Joliet, IL, city directory) as photographer at Barber Building, residence Aurora, IL
(Joliet, IL, city directory) as photographer at Barber Building, residence same building

Aurora, IL, is mentioned only once, in the 1896 Joliet, IL, city directory listing. It would be safe to say that the cabinet card at the left was done around that year.

From the 1887 Joliet, IL, city directory

Cabinet Card Couple
21 Main Street
Champaign, Ill

George Robert Gamble
(Mar 1845 - 29 Nov 1928)
The available records are a bit sketchy for this photographer. Documents seem to indicate more than one George Gamble is involved because he appears to have moved around a lot and was married at least three times. But the records indicate a George R. Gamble working seven years as a photographer in Champaign, IL, and that seems fairly accurate.

The 1870 US Census lists George Gamble as a Farmer living in Limestone, Kankakee, Illinois
The 1880 US Census lists no occupation and living in Center, Indiana.
Documentation shows that from 1883 to 1900 he is listed as photographer in Champaign, IL.
In 1911 he is in San Diego as photographer until his death in 1928

At first it seemed that there might have been at least three men named George R. Gamble. But then some unusual ties began to develop.

Some of the items below may not be the photographer here but, maybe they do.
1845 Mar
G R Gamble was born
US census both parents dead, living with Albert Chipman family in Yellowhead ,IL
1868 Dec 03
marries Elizabeth L Kratz
news ad as grocer in Coshocton, OH
US census as farmer in Limestone, Kankakee, IL
son Roma Gamble born in Ohio
daughter Marilla born in Ohio

1878 Jan 02
marries Ella A Anthony in Delaware, IN
1880 US
census as no occupation in Center, IN
wife Ella Anthony dies
US Census of 1900 shows Gamble married Sarah Elizabeth Davis this year
news item from the Girard (KS) Press, divorce suit by Sarah H. Gamble
1884 Mar 27
son Frederick Grant Gamble born in Frankfort, IN
1890 Apr 24
Democrat Standard (OH) Mrs George Gamble mention in Newark, OH
1891 Apr 18
Salem (OH) Daily News item mentions George Gamble is ill with la grippe
1891 Dec 29
Salem (OH) Daily News item mentions George Gamble is off work
1892 Feb 08
Salem (OH) Daily News item mentions George Gamble is back at work
1892 May 24
Oakland (CA) Tribune Mrs Maria Gamble of Alameda sues for separation
1895 Jul 04
New Philadelphia OH Daily Times news item marriage license for George R Gamble and Carrie E. Gray
1900 Jun 05
US census as photographer at 103 n University av, Champaign, IL

1903 May 09
Tuscola, IL Mattoon Daily Journal George R Gamble sells hotel that had two fires
1906 Nov 20
New Philadelphia, OH Daily Times news item about arrest of George R Gamble and speculates that it is the same person that once lived in New Philadelphia, OH
1908 Jun 15
Las Angeles Herald news item George R. Gamble arrested in CA on arson charge in Toledo, OH
1908 Jul 28
Indianapolis, IN News item George R. Gamble in Bellfontaine, OH, sentenced to three years imprisonment in State Penitentiary
1908 Oct 04
Chicago Inter Ocean news item on George R. Gamble mentions photography and burned studio in Champaign, IL
1909 Mar 24
Cincinnati, OH, Enquirer news item says wife of George R Gamble has died from grief
1910 Apr 12
US census as photographer, inmate at Columbus, Ohio Penitentiary
1920 Jan 05
US census as no occupation in San Diego, CA; now claiming to be from Scotland
1928 Nov 28
dies age 83 in San Diego, CA

The cabinet card here was probably done around 1900.

For a large readable version just click on the image here to go to Flickr. Then click on the image again for largest size.
19081004 The Chicago Inter_Ocean big story photographer preacher ww

Cabinet Card little girl
T. P. Garrett
Bloomington Ills.

Thomas Pugh Garrett
(10 Jul 1846 - 21 May 1933)
T. P. Garrett spent most of his photographic career in Bloomington, IL.

Born in Mill Creek, Delaware
(Newspaper obit) Enlists in Pennsylvania Regiment for Civil War, learns photography
(Newspaper obit) Moves to Ottawa, KS for about 6 months
(Newspaper obit) in photography business in Leavenworth, KS, for about five years
Moves to Philadelphia, PA, briefly
(1880 US Census) living in Bloomington, IL, to partner with A. H. Bell and a man named Mayes.

apparently ran ads almost daily in Bloomington Pantograph
(Bloomington, IL city directory, US Census) as photographer various addresses in Bloomington, IL
1915 March
(Newspaper item) Moves to Medalia, MN, to live with daughter and her husband
(Newspaper Item) Moving to Minnesota to live with daughters
(Newspaper Item) Back to Bloomington. IL, for a visit.
(Newspaper item) Dies in Minnesota and is buried in Bloomington, IL

The Cabinet Card at left must have been done sometime between 1880 and 1913.

Bloomington Pantograph
25 Jan 1882

In the Bloomington Pantograph 09 Oct 1932 During his visit from Minnesota.

Mom and Pop
Photographer: Gessner
Successor to C. E. Rykert
297 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, N. Y
And the kids
Photographer: Gessner
Successor to C. E. Rykert
297 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, N. Y.
Young adults
Photographer: Gessner
Successor to C. E. Rykert
297 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, N. Y.

Frederick Gessner
(29 May 1861 - 1935)
Following the life of Frederick Gessner, photographer, was a bit difficult considering there were three Frederick Gessners, two in the same town at about the same age.

It appears that Gessner was a photographer from about 1892 to his death in 1935.

Chauncey Rykert
(Jul 1851 - Jun 1937)
did not vacate the premises at 297 Jefferson Street in Buffalo, NY, until after 1898.

Gessner was at 841 Michigan, Buffalo, NY in the 1900 US Census.

The cards at the left would probably have been finished before about 1900 and after 1898.

Cabinet Card couple
Photographer: Gifford
Chetopa, Kans.

Benjamin Arthur Gifford
(11 Aug 1859 - 05 Mar 1936)

B. A. Gifford’s life is well documented in several places. He spent much of his photographic career in Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA. He gained fame photographing Native Americans and the landscape in the Pacific North West. He lived and worked in Fort Scott and Chetopa, KS, for only a short time, 1883 and 1884.

Extensive coverage of Gifford's life at Archives West and Historic Photo Archive.

Frankie Thatcher 01
Photographer: Gilbert
Frankfort, Ind.
Frankie Thatcher 02
Photographer: D. Gilbert
Frankfort, Ind.

David Gilbert (20 Aug 1850 - 14 Jan 1937)
According to records, Gilbert was a photographer from about 1880 to 1932. In 1933 David and wife Anna are found in Columbus, Ohio, and he is working as a clerk. He is 82.

His death certificate mentions he suffered from “senile dementia” for four or five years before his death in 1937.

Since no other information is available at present, the cards at left must have been done between 1880 and 1932.

Kilborn and Gilbert
Cabinet Card portrait of a woman
photographer: Kilborn & Gilbert
Noble Studio, 1029 O st. Lincoln, Neb.
Listed also under Kilborn

(From the meager records found so far it is becoming clear that W. S. Gilbert was in the photography business only briefly if at all, but Kilborn’s history will date this card.)

Walton David Kilborn
(1870 -)

Walton David Kilborn born
1891, 1893
Lincoln, NE, city directory no Kilborn listed in residence or commercial section
Nevada, IA, marriage to Lucy A Bradford; document includes father and mother name
Lincoln, NE, city directory not available
Lincoln, NE, city directory as photographer W. D. Kilborn at 1029 O st; res 905 G; and also mentions W. S. Gilbert as partner
1894 Dec 13
Lincoln (NE) Daily News as for studio at 1029 O, Kilborn only
1895 Mar 23
Lincoln (NE) Daily News item Walton David Kilborn quits photograph studio at 1029 O st to head for California

1895 Mar 27
Lincoln (NE) Daily News item W. D. Kilborn sued for debt of 720 dollars owed to J. L. McConnell (See news item)
1898 Jul 28
California Voter Registration in Sacramento, CA, 521 J st
US census as photographer; res 521 J
Sacramento, CA, city directory as photographer for A. K. Varney; res 810 8th
Sacramento, CA, city directory as photographer with Philbrick and Kilborn and Co. and with A K Varney & Co; res 812 8th
Sacramento, CA, city directory as photographer for A K Varney, 318 J
1905 - 1907
Sacramento, CA, city directory as photographer at 724 K
Sacramento, CA, city directory as photographer with Strakosch and Kilborn; wife Lucy also listed as photographer

Sacramento, CA, city directory lists D. Walter Kilborn; res 807 H; also lists David Kilborn, died Feb 7 1908 at age 81
Stockton, CA, city directory as manager of Lyric Theater
Stockton, CA, city directory as theater manager
1910 - 1912
Sacramento, CA, city directory no listing for Walton or wife Lucie
Stockton, CA, city directory no listing for Walton or wife Lucie
US census Sacramento, CA, lists wife Lucy Kilborn as divorced and living with Niece Jenet Henry

Research was very confusing for W. D. Kilborn. The records are not always accurate and were often misleading. However, the earliest record found that shows W. D. Kilborn as photographer is in 1894, partnered with W. S. Gilbert.

It appears that W. D. Kilborn’s photography career ended about 1909 when he turned to theater management in Stockton, CA.

This cabinet card was finished in that brief period when W. D. Kilborn was partnered with W. S. Gibson in Lincoln, NE, around 1894.

Lincoln, NE, city directory - 1894

Sacramento, CA city directory - 1908

Lincoln (NB) Daily News - 27 Mar 1895

Cabinet Card Portrait
Gillette & Parker
Traveling Photographers
(Also listed under Parker)

In the years around 1900, there was a large selection of photographers named Gillette and literally dozens of photographers named Parker. From the scant information given on this card, it is impossible to tell which two were partnered as “Traveling Photographers” here. Perhaps more information will surface in time so that this pair can be researched.

L. F. Gillette and Thomas Parker were active in Ohio at the same time (1877-1878) but there were many others who could have connected and traveled together.

Cabinet Card Small Child on chair
Photographer: E. L. Goben
Henrietta, Texas

Edgar Louis Goben, brother of James L. Goben apparently started in business with his brother but "Soon left town" and then opened a studio in Henrietta, TX. (See James L. Goben below)

More to follow.

Photographer: Mrs J A Goben
Ohio Street, Wichita Falls, TX
This photograph courtesy of
rfinch at

Jodie Ann Walker
1868 - 1942

Jodie Ann Walker was the wife of Edgar L Goben. Although she is found in over 40 documents, census and city directory, she is never mentioned as a photographer.

However on her death certificate she is shown as “retired photographer”. It would seem Jodi Goben might have carried on in the photographic business as a second occupation while operating boarding houses or rooming houses until about her 70’s. More examples of her work might clear this up.

1868 Oct 09
Jodie Ann Walker was born in Alabama
Montague, TX, county marriage index, marries Edgar L. Goben
1892 Mar 02
daughter Ora Lee Goben is born in Texas
1900 Jun 18
US census Wichita Falls, TX, as Jodie Goben, divorced, operating boarding house;city directory as widow of Edgar L and Mrs J A Goben; boarding house operator 228 Ross, res same

Note that although the census describes her as “divorced” she seems to prefer “widowed” in the city directory listings even though Edgar Louis Goben didn't die until 1931.

1901 Dec 27
Edgar L Goben marries Victoria Blanch Penfield (1884-1910)
1902 Jun 17
the date on the example photograph taken in Wichita Falls, TX; the date is faintly written on the lower left of the card
Dallas, TX, city directory as proprietor of furnished rooms at 497 Main; res same
1906 - 1910
Dallas, TX, city directory as boarding house operator at 228 Ross; as widow of Edgar L Goben and/or Mrs J A Goben
1910 Apr 16
US census as boarding house operator at 228 Ross; living with daughter Ora Goben
1911 - 1913
Dallas, TX, city directory as proprietor of furnished rooms at 1500 and 1520 Ross
1916 - 1942
US census and Dallas city directories as no occupation, as widow of Edgar L Goben and/or Mrs J A Goben; now living with daughter Ora Lee and family
1942 Sep 18
Jodie Ann Walker as “retired photographer” dies of uremia at age 73

Cabinet Card group
Photographer: Jas. L. Goben
Gainseville, Texas
Grannie Strader family of 6
Photographer: Jas. L. Goben
Gainesville, Tex.
(On reverse in pencil: Grannie Strader)

James L. Goben (1861-1928) was active in Gainesville, Cook County, Texas, at least from 1887 until his death in 1928. It seems likely that his younger brother Edgar L. Goben started the Gainesville business with him but soon left town; later father Perry pitched in until James was able to manage the Gainesville studio on his own. (From Goben Family Photographers,

Cabinet Card Two Gentlemen
Rudolph H. Goebel
Cabinet Card couple
photographe: R Goebel
St. Charles, MO.
Cabinet Card gentleman
Photographer: Goebel
St. Charles, Mo.
On the reverse Stamped
Gerard Bros.
Cabinet Card portrait
photographer: R Goebel
St. Charles Mo.
on the reverse printed
Gerard Bros.

Rudolph H. Goebel
(20 Jan 1835 - 1923)

Goebel was active in St. Charles, MO, 1856 to around 1880, first with Daguerreotypes expanding to albumen prints as the technology became available. Throughout his career he worked increasingly with “Views” of the city and surrounding area.

The dark green card at the far left was probably done later in his career and the other two earlier.

A photograph of Goebel and Guerin (later on this same page) is at the Missouri History Museum.

This example is from an auction site. It shows the Goebel portrait and his studio.

Cabinet Card woman with high collar
Photographer: Godwin
Butler, PA

William J. Godwin (14 Apr 1849 - 26 Jul 1925)
William Godwin immigrated to the US in 1853 or 1859, depending on which US Census is correct. His occupation when he settled was Jeweler. City Directories list him mostly as photographer but sometimes Jeweler or Watchmaker. The US Census lists him as photographer, his son Harry as artist and his son Charles as Jeweler. His death certificate says he was an optician.

Based on all documents gathered, the photograph at the left was probably taken between 1900 and 1910. Of course he could have done portrait work as a sideline at any time.

Godwin died in 1925 of a diabetic coma according to his death certificate.

Cabinet Card couple
Photographer: Otis Goodenough
Farmington, IA.
The Leading Photographer

Ira Otis Goodenough (11 Aug 1873 - 28 Mar 1934)
Otis Goodenough carried on the photography business of his father, Gilbert C. Goodenough (1833-1916)
There is no indication that he was ever in any other business. Census and city directory records from 1900 to 1930 show him as photographer, but he probably started as early as 1893 when he married Ladella Freshwater.

His main studio was in Farmington, IA, but at one time he had studios in Kahoka and Cantril, IA.

Family Group
Photographer: ...Gordon
Montesano, WN
(Should be Montesano, WA)

George W. Gordon
(May 1855 - 10 Mar 1923)

Evidence is clear that George W. Gordon was a photographer from 1900 to 1910 in Montesano, WA, but the records are uncertain before that.

The 1920 US Census lists him as “No Occupation” at 65 and he dies three years later.

Cabinet Card Portrait of a woman
Photographer: Grand Central Photographic Studio
S E Corner Oneida St and Brider
33-35 Oneida St.
(Studio Name is printed very faintly on front and back)
Cabinet Card
Photographer: Grand Central Studio
33-35 Oneida Street
Milwaukee, Wis
Nothing on reverse

No information has been found about Grand Central Studio of Milwaukee, WI.

The cabinet card on the near left was probably done around 1890 but it is just a guess.

Cabinet Card woman portrait
Photographer: Gray
213 N 16th Street
Omaha, Neb

Howard E Gray
(1863 - 1939)

In the late 19th century there were three photographers in Nebraska named Gray that could have done this card. However, Howard E. Gray was the one that operated a gallery at 212 n 16th in Omaha, NE, for just over 10 years. Also in the area was Howard’s sister, Dora, and William Gray, no relation.

The earliest record of Howard as photographer was found in the 1880 US census, listed as photographer at age 16 in Lincoln NE. His sister Dora, age 19 is also listed as photographer. They were living next door to Nancy D. Stewart, 35, also a photographer.

After moving to Houston, TX, late in 1895, Howard Gray worked for other photographic galleries such as C R Blackburn and A H Hitcher. Sometime in 1912 or 1913, he and his wife Margaret moved to San Diego and worked for Robert’s Portraiture, V J Vreeland and H A Deacon, as well as operating his own studio.

1863 Sep
Howard E Gray is born in Ohio
Gray’s family has moved to Lincoln, NE

US census Lincoln, NE, as photographer at age 16 along with sister Dora, age 19
1884 -1886
Omaha, NE, city directory as photographer, Bee Hive Studio, 213 n 16th
1885 Mar 05
marriage to Margaret L Leckie (1862-1949)
1887 - 1895
Omaha, NE, city directory as photographer at 213 16th (“Bee Hive” name apparently dropped)
Howard Gray has moved to Houston, TX
Houston, TX, as retoucher for C R Blackburn
1900 - 1902
Houston, TX, US census as “stenographer”; city directory as photo operator for A H Hitcher
Houston, TX, city directory as photo operator for Robert’s Portraiture, 501 ½ Main
Houston, TX city directory as secretary and operator for Hitcher Photo co; res 102 Hamilton

1907 - 1912
Houston, TX, city directory as proprietor Gray’s photo studio, 502 ½ Main; res 1815 Franklin
San Diego, CA as no occupation shown; res 1512 Front
1914 - 1916
San Diego, CA as photographer; 1512 Front
1917 - 1927
San Diego, Ca as photographer; res 1131 16th
San Diego, CA, city directory as photographer for H A Deacon; res 1131 16th
San Diego, CA US census as retired; city directory as photographer for H A Deacon; res 1512 Front
1935 - 1937
San Diego, Ca, city directory as no occupation; res 1131 16th
1939 Jan 14
San Diego, CA, Howard E Gray dies

The cabinet card here was finished during that ten year period, 1885-1895, that Gray operated a studio in Omaha, NE, at 213 n 16th.

Cabinet Card Man
Photographer: The Court Studio
Mullins & Gray, Proprietors
Victoria, Texas
Cor. Bridge and Constitution Streets
(Listed under Court and also Mullins.)

The only clue found so far is this item in the Houston Post, 13 Feb 1897 about the sale of the studio to two other photographers. So the photograph here would have to have been made before that date.

Houston Post, 13 Feb 1897

There are several possible photographers from the South Central Texas area in the late 1800’s that could have teamed up for the “Court Studio” in Victoria, Texas.
J. J. Mullins
Robert Mullins
James Louis Gray
H. B. Gray
No connections have been made so far.

The newspaper clipping at the left does show that Mullins and Gray sold their studio to Tucker and Nichols in Feb of 1897

The cabinet Card at the far left would most likely have been done before February of 1897 when they went out of business.

To muddle things a bit more, the item below from the Victoria Advocate, 11 Mar 1899 shows a Robert Mullins selling HIS photography in Victoria, TX, to Mr. Rodman. (Perhaps the name on the clipping below is Robert Mailins.)

Man with moustache, collar and tie
Photographer: J. M. Gregory
Bet. 8th & 9th (8)10 Market St. Louisville, Ky.

John M. Gregory was found in lots of Louisville, KY, city directory listings. Connecting biographical information to this timeline was difficult. Where he was born and where he grew up was unknown. But finally in the 1880 US Census there was a photographer at 105 4th street in Louisville, KY, but the enumerator had incorrectly listed his name as James Gregory.

Here is a timeline including street addresses which may aid in dating some cabinet cards. There are some, thus far, unexplained absences. Did he locate in a different city? Was he ill? When he returns to business in Louisville from these absences, he is at a new address.

Note also that in all city directory mentions, he is apparently living and working at the same address.

(1870 & 1880 US Census) Born in Kentucky
(1870 US Census) No address given, Living alone.
1871 and 1872
(Louisville, KY, city directory) at 78 Main
(Louisville, KY, city directory) at 114 Market or 144 13th
Louisville, KY, city directory not available

1875 - 1877
(Louisville, KY, city directory) Not in these directories
1878 - 1880
(Louisville, KY, city directory) at 105 4th street
1880 Jun 07
(US Census) at 105 4th street
(Louisville, KY, city directory) at 105 4th street
Louisville, KY, city directory not available
(Louisville, KY, city directory) at 613 W Market
1884 and 1885
(Louisville, KY, city directory) Not in these directories
1886 thru 1892
(Louisville, KY, city directory) at 810 W Market
(Louisville, KY, city directory) at 810 W Market and 904 W Market
1894 to 1900
not in these directories
And no mentions in any census after that.

There is an 1863-1865 Civil War draft registration for a Johnson Gregory, Artist, age 21, of Daviess County, KY (120 miles from Louisville). Name, location, age and occupation are close.

Another possible connection found was a listing in a Jefferson County (Louisville) death register. There was a JohnSON M. Gregory, of 1020 Market, Louisville, who died 15 Aug 1893. Cause of death was some kind of poisoning, from which he suffered 10 days.

The register also says he was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery, 17 Aug 1893. A Find-a-Grave listing agrees with all of that. The age given is 52, three or four years off the Census version which are often off by at least a year. JohnSON is also listed on the death register as married. No other document so far agrees with this.

Was he married? There is a record of a JohnSON M. Gregory and Fannie J. Harris marriage on 9 Feb 1881. This would coincide with one of John Gregory’s changes of address in Louisville. This possible marriage does not seem to last as in the next available city directory listing, John M. Gregory is single again. Or perhaps the marriage never happened at all.

The cabinet card at the left must have been done between 1886 and 1893 when he was at 810 Market Street in Louisville, KY.

Cabinet Card Family of Four
Cor 3rd Str. & Lincoln Ave.
Hebron, Neb

There were many photographers named Griffin between 1880 and 1920. They ranged from Maryland to Nebraska, Pennsylvania to Alabama. The most likely photographer for this cabinet card was

William Griffin (12 Jul 1852 - 1920)

In 1868 the Omaha, NE, city directory lists one Charles Griffin as a photographer at 230 Farnam; William Griffin is not shown; he would be only 16

In 1870, at 18, William Griffin was working with Charles Griffin photograph studio (over 237 Douglas) in Omaha, NE. Both are also living at the same address. Charles Griffin has not been found to be a brother or an uncle to William. There were some large families in that era. The relationship, if any, is not known at this time.

In 1880 the US census shows William as a farmer. Then the 1900 US census shows him as married, living in Hebron, NE, as a photographer.

The 1910 US census shows he is still a photographer in Hebron, NE, but the 1920 census says he has no occupation and his wife Lydia is a laundress. He dies later in 1920 at age 67.

There are a lot of gaps in the documentation of William Griffin but he is consistently the photographer from Hebron, NE. This cabinet card was probably finished between 1880 and 1920 when he was working without a partner. The design of the card suggests 1890 or after.

Lincoln (NE) Daily News - 13 Feb 1895

Mom and Pop and four kids
Photographer: Grondal & Praytor
Round Rock, Texas

Bror Gustaf Grondal (1855 - 1948) and William B. Praytor (1861 - 1942) worked together in Round Rock, Texas, from about 1887 to about 1891

1855 Jan 11
birth of B. G. Grondal in Vesterous, Sweden
1861 Jun 02
birth of William B. Praytor in Mount Pleasant, TX
Grondal immigrates to US at age 14
Grondal and Sarah Noyd marry in Round Rock, TX and go into photography together
approx to Lindsbor, KS (One biographical account probably not accurate)
Marriage of Grondal to Sarah Noyd in Texas

Birth of Son Bsor L. to Grondal in Texas (Still in Texas)
Birth of Daughter Ruth to Grondal in Kansas (Now in Kansas)
Four more children to Grondal in Kansas
(US Census) Grondal living in McPherson, KS
1942 Dec 20
Death of W. B. Praytor
1948 Sep 14
Death of B. G. Grondal at Lindsborg, KS

Praytor seems never to have left Texas but no documentation has been found showing when he was in Round Rock, TX. The 1900 US Census Is the earliest document. Available documents show him in Mount Pleasant, TX most of his life from 1900 on. Mount Pleasant, TX, is not close to Round Rock, TX.

From this it can be guessed that the partnership of Grondal and Praytor had to be briefly between 1887 and 1891.

Grubelman Cabinet Card Woman
on reverse:
Newark Avenue
Jersey City

(Excerpt from an article by A. J. Peluso, Jr.)
Theodore Gubelman, Photographer
by A.J. Peluso, Jr.
In 1995 Elizabeth Broun, director of the National Museum of American Art, wrote that "The path of American art now appears not only more complicated but also more interesting—a journey with detours and switchbacks, byways and alternate routes paralleling and intersecting the long-accepted `mainstream' pathways."

One of those routes, photography, "once considered marginal, `not really art,' now recognized as necessary for an understanding of our visual culture." Indeed! One switchback leads to the work of the little-known, and until now unheralded, Theodore Gubelman. - Born in Constance, Switzerland in 1844, he emigrated to America with his father and mother in 1854.

With immigrant pluck, his father worked as a coppersmith, his mother as a milliner, and Theodore worked three part-time jobs, at the cigar store, the barber shop, and the brush factory. Later, he worked as an apprentice lithographer, retoucher, and colorist. - In search of better work, his father took the family to Chicago and then to Memphis. While there, Theodore found a job with a photographer and discovered his life's work. The Civil War had begun, and advancing rebel forces sent northern sympathizers and the Gubelmans running. On the way to Louisville, the train was stopped by Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner.
Young Gubelman and, by his account, "several other young men.trying to get North left [their] baggage and during the excitement got away and footed it to." the Ohio River.

After an anxious wait we saw a river steamer approaching which we hailed, yelling like wild Indians.

"We all got aboard and were immediately surrounded by the other passengers anxious to get the news of General Buckner being so far North." - The steamer safely reached Cincinnati, and Gubelman would soon return to Jersey City. He found good-paying work there for a firm manufacturing tin for tintypes. (.) He took work in various New York photo galleries, and through a classified in Anthony's [Photographic] Bulletin got a job in Nashville, Tennessee. He took photographs of soldiers passing to and from forward positions. With a $400 loan from a family friend and a letter of introduction to Union General Grenville Dodge, he opened his own studio at an army post at Pulaski, Tennessee. In spite of delays in obtaining materials (from Anthony in New York City), he was able to take his first portrait in January 1864, which with others netted a first day's receipts of $37. By March he was able to pay back his loan and to send $300 to his parents.

Cabinet Card by Grubelman
on reverse:
Newark Avenue
Jersey City

He sent exhibits of his work to the American Institute of Photography Fair each year beginning in 1873. An occasional portrait after one of his photographs of a police chief or bishop would appear in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.

After serving a brief tour in the Civil War, in 1864 he opened his first portrait studio at Pulaski, TN, taking pictures of the soldiers. He soon returned to Jersey City, opened a studio there, and by 1873 was exhibiting his work at the American Institute of Photography's annual salons. By the 1880s, he had become a well-known and successful photographer whose catalog, "Gubelman's Instantaneous Photographs of Steamships" listed 18 pages of ship portraits and New York harbor views.

In 1881 he "took up the Dry Plate," and boasted that he "was the first to sell instantaneous photos of yachts, steamers, etc."

He had become an admired photographic artist featured in a December 1884 article in Photographic Times, "The Studios of America: Theodore Gubelman's Atelier." His success bought him trips to Europe and a fine Jersey City home.

Gubelman died in 1926.

Soon after, and for tragic and unfathomable reasons, his sister piled his paper negatives in the backyard and burned them all. His son sold his glass plates to the glass man for $8 per 1000. (A.J. Peluso, Jr. / 1998 by Maine Antique Digest

The two examples on the left are in bad shape. They were added here because of the historical significance of this photographer, Theodore Gubelman of Jersey City.

Here is one in much better condition on the CABINET CARD GALLERY

He became famous for his portraits of Civil War soldiers, politicians and other dignitaries,

Basic timeline
1841 - Born in Constance, Switzerland
1854 or 56 - Emigrated to US
1862 - Enlists in the American Civil War
1864 - Opened his first studio in Pulaski, Tennessee
1865 - Moves studio to Jersey City, New Jersey
1873 - First exhibit at American Institute of Photography
1876 - Citation from Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
1881 - Begins work with “Gelatin Dry Plate” process
1884 - 1889 (City Directory) Studio at 79 Newark Ave., Union Hill, NJ
1890 - (Post Office Guide adv.) Partners with Hargrave
1910 - 1920 (US Census) lived in New Jersey
1920 - (US Census) Retired
1926 - Death in New Jersey

Cabinet Card man
photographer: F. W. Guerin
409 N. Broadway
St. Louis
Cabinet Card man
Photographer: F. W. Guerin
409 N. Broadway
St. Louis

Note the awards.
The card back would have been imprinted after 1892.

Fitz W. Guerin
(March 17, 1846 – July 11, 1903)

Not much can be added to the
WIKI article on this photographer.

Guerin was apparently active in his own studio from 1876 to 1903 when he sold out to
Emme and Mayme Gerhard

A photograph of Goebel (Earlier on this same page) and Guerin is at the Missouri History Museum.

Cabinet Card
Photographer: The Guttenstein Co.

Bernard Guttenstein (Apr 1869 - 1935)
Since he used both Benjamin and Bernard as his first name, the records were hard to follow.
1869 Apr
Birth In Wisconsin
(city directory) as photographer at 1618 Wells, probably working for another studio
(1900 US Census, city directory) Marriage with Ida M.; listed as photographer probably working for a studio
(city directory) as photographer, Guttenstein Co. 310 State
1898 to 1904
partners in Klein and Guttenstein
1902 Mar 13
(Janesville Wisc Gazette) B. C. Guttenstein, vice pres of Photography Association
1905 Jun 01
(Iowa census/ city directory) as photographer living at 194 Ogden

1906 - 1930
(city directory) now in his own studio at 326 Grand, 6th floor
1931 and 1932
(city directory) listed as photographer studio and West End Garage; res 924 Juneau
(city directory) Listed as photographer studio 332 W Wisconsin; res 4226 W Wisconsin
(city directory) listed at res 844 N 12th Guttenstein Studio being run by Marion C Lefy and Ray Uhi
Death in Wisconsin
(city directory) wife Ida listed as widow

Since this card says “Guttenstein Co.” it is a good bet that it was made during that short period that this photographer called his studio by that name: 1897. In 1896 Guttenstein apparently was working for other photographers and had no studio of his own. In 1898 he had partnered in the studio Klein and Guttenstein.

From the San Francisco Call
09 Jun 1899

Please note:
As of September 2017 this series will no longer be updated here.
All content has been transferred to a new site called
Cabinet Card Photographers
All future additions will be made there.

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
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

different colors for face and back of mounts

matte-finish front, with a creamy-yellow, glossy back

(From WIki)

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

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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