Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century - E -


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.

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

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




Cabinet Card Baby on Chair
Photographer:
Freeman and Easterly
McKinney, Texas
Listed also under Freeman

No research on Freeman and Easterly of McKinney, Texas.

Information written on the reverse indicates this card was finished in 1885 or 1886. This then could possibly be Gamaliel C. Freeman as reviewed under that name. Gamaliel C. Freeman was not in partnership with Swartz at the time.



Photographer: M. H. Eberhart
Traveling Photographer, Texas

Manoah Henry Eberhart ( 1831 - 1910)

M. H. Eberhart was 30 years older than most of the other cabinet card era photographers.

M. H. Eberhart’s son Ira A. Eberhart (1859-1953) is listed as “photographer” in the 1880 US Census and the 1885 Iowa Census but beginning with the 1900 US Census, his profession is shown as physician for the rest of his life. Early on, he was probably only assisting his father.

According to many records M. H. Eberhart lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Iowa. The only challenge left is to calculate when he was in Texas for the photograph at the left. And, when was he there long enough to have cabinet card blanks printed with “Texas” in the lower right corner.

Oddly, he is not picked up in any city directory and only one Iowa Gazetteer. This could mean possibly that his residence was always outside of the city limits. No newspaper items or advertisements were found.

Timeline:
1831 Jan 17
Born in Hickory, Mercer, Pennsylvania
1856 Nov 06
Marriage to Mary Elizabeth Briscoe (1835-1920) in La Porte, Indiana
1860
(US Census) listed as farmer in Eldorado, Iowa
1863
(Civil War Draft Registration) listed as photographer in Eldorado, Iowa
1870
(US Census) listed as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa
1880
(US Census) listed as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa

1884
(Iowa Gazetteer) as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa
1885
(Iowa State Census) listed as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa
1900
(US Census) listed as photographer in Chicago, Illinois
1910 Feb 16
Died in Chicago, Illinois


Cabinet Card man
Photographer:
Wm. Echelberry
Casey, Ills

With new information from
Curt J. on Flickr,
the William Echelberry research has been revised and updated.

William Echelberry was found as a photographer in the 1880 US census, living in Casey, Clark, IL. He was married to Terressa. His age at the time was 51. The 1863 Marriage License shows Terressa’ maiden name to be Terressa J. Pierce.

He was also found in the 1900 US census still in Casey, IL and still married to Terressa with his age given is 71. He is shown here as a farmer.

An Ancestry.com member posted a transcribed obituary from the Zanesville Daily Courier, describing a William Echelberry who died of Bright’s disease, August 19, 1900, in Casey, IL. But the age is given as 73, two years older than as posted in the US census dated June of 1900. His wife is mentioned as the daughter of the late Philip Pierce, which agrees with the maiden name of his Echelberry’s wife Terressa.

Several family trees on Ancestry show Terressa as William Echelberry’s second wife. They propose that Cynthia Jane Smith was his first wife. William and Cynthia had a daughter, Alta, who was born the same year as Cynthia’s death, 1853. This is ten years before his marriage to Terressa, documented in 1863. Sure enough, William and 7 year old daughter Alta turn up in the 1860 US census, living with a Pearce family in Meigs, OH, between two other Pearce families. Is it just coincidence that three years later, in 1863, William would marry his second wife Terressa Pierce? Census takers often spelled names on a phonetical “best guess” basis. Asking someone to how to spell their name in those days often led to embarrassing moments. Many did not know how to read or write. Also on the 1860 US census, William Echelberry’s occupation is shown as “Damn”...(see below)

From the 1860 US census


While the marriage to Terressa Pierce is well documented, the earlier marriage to Cynthia Smith is a bit weaker found only in other family trees and in one Ohio County marriage register.

Another bit of confusion lies in the Findagrave website which lists Cynthia Smith Echelberry (1821-1853) but then lists her husband as William H. Echelberry, the brother of Valentine Echelberry who is possibly photographer William Echelberry’s father.

All of which is to say, there is only sure evidence enough to show that William Echelberry was a photographer in Casey, IL around 1880. He may also have kept the studio as a sideline when he started farming.


Baby in smock
Photographer
Edington
Marysville, Kans.

Carl Samuel Edington (1876 - 1962)
Quite a lot can be found about C. S. Edington of Marysville, Kansas. However, it appears most of his career was spent as a farmer and egg producer. There is no occupation shown in the 1895 Kansas Census. Only once, in the 1900 US Census is he mentioned as a photographer. A small mention of him in the Ottawa (KS) Herald 22 May 1900, says he is contemplating returning to business near his old location with partner Tuman.

By 1905 according to the Kansas State census he had moved 25 miles west to Washington, Kansas, but no occupation is shown.

In the 1910 US Census, he is listed as Farmer.

The picture at the left must have been taken before he went out of business in 1900.

See also Miss Hildebrandt, Elite Studio, Marysville, Kansas.


CDV portrait of a man
Photographer: Frans Edman
Karlstad
160 Hamngatan 160
Vid Jernvagsstationen
CDV Portrait of a man
The reverse of the CDV at the left

Frans Johan Edman (20 MAR 1861 - 24 JAN 1901)

Frans Johan Edman was active in the photography business in Sweden around Karlstad, from about 1890 through 1900.


Cabinet Card Portrait
Photographer:
S. A. Edmiston
Camden, Ark.

Samuel Anderson Edmiston
(Apr 1852 - ?)
1852
Samuel Anderson Edmiston born in New York, NY
1860
living in Washtenaw, Michigan
1870
living in Bushnell, IL with parents
1880
Living in Sedalia, MO. as photographer
1883
Marries Clara Janette Landauer (1859-1903) in Sedalia, MO
1888
Vera B Edmiston, daughter was born in Arkansas
1891
Raymond Earle Edmiston, son was born in Arkansas

1895
Landau Edmiston, son was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
1900
Living in Chicago, IL, as traveling salesman
1910
Living in Proviso, IL, as traveling salesman
Death date unknown

The photograph at the left must have been made around 1888 to 1895 while he was living in Arkansas.


woman portrait with flower
Photographer: Prof. Ehrlich
New York
Another example at
CRACKDOG on FLICKR

The name Ehrlich occurs quite often in records from New York and the east coast of the US in the late 1800’s.

Support has been found in newspaper and magazine articles and ads to confirm that “Prof.” Ehrlich had a photograph studio at 160 E. 66th street in New York City, from 1892 to 1902. Only one article was found in the New York World, 01 March 1894 which shows him as Prof. D. Ehrlich at that address.

In the 1902 New York City, NY, city directory, there appears in the business section, a David Ehrlich, photographer, at 157 E. 75th and in the residential section Davie Ehrlich is an “artist” at 160 E 66th street.
1882
(City Directory) as artist at 184 E 76th
1884
(City Directory) as artist at 200 E 61st
1886
(City Directory) as artist at 200 E 61st
1888
(City Directory) as artist at 160 E 66th
1892
(City Directory) as artist at 160 E 66th
1892
(Photographic Times) Studio at 66th between Lexington and 3rd
1893 Jun 29
(Newspaper ad) photographer studio at 160 E 66th
1894 Feb 03
(classified ad) for “agent” for Prof. Ehrlich elite gallery at 160 E 66th
1894 Mar 01
(Newspaper Ad) studio at 160 E 66th
1895 Mar 04
(Newspaper ad) studio at 160 E 66th
1895 Mar 04
(classified ad) for retoucher for Prof. Ehrlich Gallery
1897 Jun 27
(Newspaper ad) studio at 160 E 66th
1902
(City Directory) David Ehrlich at 160 E 66th is listed as “artist” in the residential section
1902
(City Directory) (same issue as above) Davie Ehrlich listed in business section, photographers, at 175 E. 75th street

New York World
01 Mar 1894


No biographical information has been confirmed as yet.

The cabinet card at the left was probably done between 1882 and 1902.

27 Jun 1897


Cabinet Card by Eichler, N. Y. slightly trimmed
Photographer: George Eichler
13 Ave. A, New York
CABINET CARD GALLERY has another example by Eichler HERE
And Atypicalart has one on Flickr HERE
Cabinet Card by Eichler, N. Y.
The reverse of the Card on the left.
Yes it has been trimmed.

George Eichler (1839 - )
It will be difficult to date photographs from George Eichler of New York. He appears to have had the single profession, working and living at the same address his entire career. Documentation is found to show him working and living at 13 Avenue A, in New York City, from 1870 through 1886.

Although his birth date and place, Mar 1839 in Hesse-Darmstadt / Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, seem fairly certain, his death date remains cloudy. There were four other people by that name living in and around New York about the same time, a baker and a broker, a tailor and a plumber.

Photographer George Eichler has not been found in the 1900 US Census.


Man with tie and vest
Photographer: Elite
New Tacoma, W. T.

Nothing conclusive has been found on the Elite, of New Tacoma, Washington Territory. The name "Elite" was used by many photographers for their studio and work in the era of the cabinet card.


James Madison Elliott
(1842-1899)

J. M. Elliott and his brother George Rodiman Elliott were both photographers. While George moved around a lot and often worked in studios of other photographers, James established his own studio on south High Street and didn’t move much. His first documented studio was at 101 then 107 then 95 and finally 111 ½, all on south High Street. He stayed at 111 ½ south High Street from 1888 until his death in 1899

James M. Madison’s widow Idell, held on to the studio at 111 ½ High and kept it running. In 1911 she remarried to Frank Myers, she was again widowed within a year. She kept the studio until 1924 when she apparently retired at 49 and moved to California.

Cabinet card  Man
photographer: J. M. Elliott
95 S High St
Columbus O
Cabinet Card Man

Timeline
All news ads and items are from the Columbus, OH, Daily Ohio Statesman unless otherwise noted.
1842 Jan 31
James M Elliott born in Plymouth, MI
1860 (age 18)
living at home working as blacksmith
1863 Dec 03
news item list of photographers in Columbus, OH, who are making charitable donations
1864
Columbus, OH, city directory as photographer at 101 s High
1868 March through 1869 Jan
small newspaper ad, photographer at 107 High st, Columbus, OH
1869
Columbus, OH city directory as photographer at 107 s High
1875 - 1886
Columbus, OH city directory as photographer at 95 High
1886 Nov 25
ad in Cincinnati paper J. M. Elliott through with politics
1888
Columbus, OH, city directory, brother George R. is working at Elliott gallery
1888 - 1899
Columbus, OH, city directory as photographer at 111 ½ s High
1899 Sep 03
James dies at age 57 in Columbus, OH; reported by the Sandusky Star 1899 Sep 04

1900 - 1910
Columbus, OH, city directory Idell Elliott as Widow, proprietor of Elliott Gallery
1911 - 1912
Idell as Mrs Idell Myers proprietor of Elliott studio at 111 ½ s High
1912 - 1924
Mrs Idell Elliott as proprietor of Elliott studio at 111 ½ s High (changed name back)
1925 - 1926
Idell NOT in Columbus, OH, city directory residential or business section
1936 Sep 28
Idell Elliott is found on a passenger manifest for a ship sailing into New York. List includes place of birth as Nevada, OH. It also includes her 1936 address as 840 Serrano av which agrees with a city directory listing that year.
1936 Sep 13
Idell is now living in Las Angels, CA
1937 - 1938
Las Angles, CA, listings in city directory at 840 Ceranno
1940 - 1941
Las Angles, CA listings in city directory at 511 Cerrano
1941
Idell dies age 66 in Las Angles, CA (No more listings in the city directory)

This cabinet card must have been finished in that period when the studio was at 95 South High, 1875-1886.


Brother got to wear the pretty stuff.
Photographer: The Enamel
Photo and Portrait Co.
Probably of Great Britain

Nothing has been found so far on the Enamel Photo and Portrait Co.


Cabinet Card woman
Photographer: Ernst Studio
SW corner
Hampshire and sixth Sts.
Quincy, Ill

There were about a dozen photographers named Ernst in the cabinet card era. Worse, there were two or possibly three men named George Ernst living in Quincy, IL between 1887 and 1900.

George J Ernst
(Mar 1867 - 1902 )

Timeline
1867
Mar born in IL
1870
US census in Quincy, IL
1871
birth of sister Anna
1872
Birth of brother Frederick
1880
US census at Quincy, IL
1884
city directory as Ernst and Co at 5th and Chestnut, Quincy, IL

1887
city directory as photographer; res 423 State
1889
NOT in city directory Quincy, IL
1891
NOT in city directory Quincy, IL
1892
marries Ellen B. Eddy
1896
city directory as photographer at 601 1/3 Hampshire
1900
US census and city directory as photographer at 419 State Quincy, IL
1902
city directory lists wife Emma B as widow, Quincy, IL

The only time an address similar to the one on the cabinet card here found was the one in 1896 at 601 Hampshire. 601 would be on the corner of sixth and Hampshire.


CDV portrait
Photographer:
Eskelsen & Fritz
Mt. Carroll Ills.
(Also shown under Fritz)

Ralph A. Fritz (1865-1946)

Ralph A. Fritz was found in the 1900 US Census listed as a photographer working in Waterloo, IA. In the 1880 US Census he was just 16 and still living at home. In the 1901 Waterloo city directory he is listed as photographer. He was 36 at that time.

By 1905 he had moved to South Dakota. In the US Census of 1910 he is listed as a carpenter in Oregon and no records after that indicate he ever returned to photography or Mount Carroll, IL. Roughly he was a photographer then from about 1885 to about 1905. Exactly when he was working in Mount Carroll, IL, is still unknown. Waterloo is less than 30 miles from Mount Carroll.

In 1900 Christian L. Eskelsen, his wife and three sons lived in Jackson, Iowa, less than 30 miles from Mount Carroll and Waterloo. Any one of them could have been that short term partner of Fritz.

This quote from the Find-A-Grave website may offer a clue:
“Henry C. Eskelsen, a young man came here about a week ago took suddenly ill at the home of Ralph Fritz on Gales Crest and died in a few hours Tuesday afternoon. Born July 25, 1887 in Iowa and came here from Portland. He leaves a brother Arnold Eskelson at Reedly, Calif.; and father, C. L. Eskelson, Sabula, Iowa. TB was the cause of death.

[Washington County News, 22 Jul 1909]
Coroner's inquest states Mr. Eskelsen died July 20, 1909 at the house of Ralph Fritz of Forest Grove of natural causes, suffering from tuberculosis. He was six foot tall, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. The remains were delivered to V R Limber for burial. A brother, Arnold Eskelsen lives on a ranch at Mount Campbell, Ca. Testimony of Mr. Fritz states he knew the deceased at Mount Carroll, Ill. His mother died about three years ago at Sebula, Iowa of TB”

CHARLES BURTON ESTABROOK
Cabinet Card Portrait of a child
Photographer: Estabrook
711 Market Space
Washingto D. C.
cabinet Card child
Photographer: Estabrook
711 Market Space
Washingto D. C.
Cabinet Card portrait
Photographer: Estabrook
711 Market Space
Washingto D. C.
Washington Bee - 7 Sep 1889

Washington Evening Star - 23 Mar 1895

Washington Times - 04 Aug 1896


The Washington Post - 30 Nov 1903

The Washington Post - 27 Jun 1905

Evening Times (Sayre, PA) - 5 Jul 1933


Contributed by rfinch on Ancestry.com

Contributed by rfinch on Ancestry.com

Three examples from the 1227 Pennsylvania Avenue studio

Contributed by rfinch on Ancestry.com

Contributed by rfinch on Ancestry.com

Contributed by rfinch on Ancestry.com

There were at least eight photographers named Estabrook working in the eastern US during the cabinet card era. One of them spent his entire photography career in Washington, DC, in primarily two locations, 711 Market Place and 1227 Pennsylvania Avenue. Fortunately, although the cards here do not include the photographer’s first name or initials, they do include his studio address, 711 Market Space and 1227 Pennsylvania.

C. B. Estabrook grew up in Athens, PA apparently. He married Stella, A. Smith in 1882 also in Athens. He was baptized in his church at age 27 still in Athens. There are no city directory listings available for Athens, PA.

The next document found is a listing for C. B. Estabrook in Washington, DC, as photographer at 711 Market space northwest. If he was in the photography business before then, there seems to be no record.

Charles Burton Estabrook
(16 Apr 1856 - 01 Jul 1933)

1856
born in Athens, Bradford County, PA
1880 Jun 07
US census as farm labor in Tippecanoe, IN
1882
marries Stella A. Smith
1885
Washington (DC) city directory no listing
1885 & 1886
Bradford, PA, city directory no listing
1886 Nov - 1890 Nov
Washington (DC) Bee small ads for location 711 Market
1891
Washington, DC, city directory as photographer at 711 Market
1895 Mar 23
Washington (DC) Evening Star small news item about move to 1227 Pennsylvania
1896 May - 1903 Apr
Washington (DC) Times four small ads at 1227 Penn. Washington

1900 Jun 14
US census as photographer at 1227 Pennsylvania Avenue
1905
Washington, DC, as grocer at 1117 7th nw
1910 Apr 21
US census as grocer; res 731 Market
1913
Washington, DC, city directory listing as grocer at 347 Market
1915 Nov
wife Stella dies in Athens, PA
1933
Charles dies at age 77 in Towanda, Bradford, PA

The cabinet cards from 711 Market Space, Washington DC, would have been finished between November 1886 and March 1895. The cards imprinted 1227 Pennsylvania would have been finished between March 1895 and November 1903. He apparently gave up photography in 1903 to become a grocer and never returned to it.



Here is another example imprinted "Market Space".

Here is an example, face and reverse, imprinted “Market Space Studio” with no photographer credit. At this point, no documents have been found to show who the actual photographer was in this example. It could be speculated that when Charles Estabrook abruptly left the photograph studio business in 1904 that possibly someone else retained "Market Space" as the studio name for a period. The style of the card indicates 1900 or after.


Photographer: Market Space
805 Pennsylvania Av

Reverse of card on the left
From rfinch on Ancestry.com

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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