Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century - A -


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.

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D

E

F

G

H

I

J

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



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?

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
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.

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

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