Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century P - Q

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.

Portrait of a man
Photographer: Richardson & Packard
Lewiston, ME.
(Also listed under RICHARDSON)

Elbridge Walter Packard
(21 Apr 1870 - 16 Jul 1949)

E. W. Packard was a photographer only briefly around 1893 when he was 23. He had just married Ida Richardson, and Joseph Richardson, a multifaceted businessman became his father in law. By 1896 Packard is working as a salesman and no record after that lists him as photographer.

Joseph Taylor Richardson
(21 Jan 1843 - 23 Sep 1904)

J. T Richardson was the partner of E. W. Packard in 1993 in the photography business. Richardson was also in the shoe, boot and harness business at the same time, partnered with Fordyce C. Farr and George H. Farr, apparently his in-laws.

This cabinet card was probably finished in 1893.

Cabinet Card baby
L. S. Page
Emporia, Kansas

Emporia (KS) Ledger - 13 Jul 1876

Cabinet Card small child
L. S. Page
522 Commercial St.
Emporia, Kan

Emporia (Ks) Ledger - 23 Oct 1879

Cabinet Card baby
L. S. Page
522 Commercial St.
Emporia, Kan.

Emporia (KS) Weekly News - 21 Jul 1881

There are a lot of gaps in the records and a lot of questions about the personal and professional life of Louis S. Page. If any new evidence is found, it will be added here.

It appears that Louis Page was photographer in Emporia, KS from 1875 or 1876 to 1899 then he moved to Guthrie, O T (Oklahoma Territory) and worked there until he died around 1925. His life prior to 1875 is pretty obscure.

He apparently was a well-respected business man and lodge brother of the Knights of Pythias, in and around the town of Emporia, KS.

His studio burned in 1891 and 1895 and may have been part of his motivation to move his operation to Guthrie, O T.

The scandal in 1905 about him deserting his wife and changing his name from Langmaid to Page, was afforded wide coverage in newspapers. But as is typical back then, no resolution to the situation can be found in news coverage. Did he abandon his wife in Massachusetts or was it a case of mistaken identity? Unless some new document turns up, we’ll never know for sure.

Louis Page continued

The cabinet cards here, on the right which show the 522 Commercial address were probably finished around the end of his stay in Emporia, KS, about 1887. The third card that shows no address was probably somewhat earlier.

Louis S. Page
(8 Oct 1843 - Mar 1925

1843 Oct 8
Louis S. Page born in Waterville, ME
From Cutler's History of Kansas: Page musters out of the Union Army after much activity and is engaged in manufacturing of leather goods at Lowell, MA
1873 May
From Cutler's History of Kansas: moved to Emporia, KS and begins his work in photography
1876 Jul 13
Emporia (KS) Ledger small ad Page taking over gallery from N F Ames, 170 Commercial st
Emporia, KS, city directory as photographer at 170 Commercial

1878 May 31
Emporia (KS) Weekly News Mr Gnolruf staying one week longer at studio
1879 Oct 23
Emporia (KS) Weekly News notice of Lodge Meeting including L. S Page
From May of 1878 through December of 1880, Louis S. Page ran the same advertisement more than 60 times in the Emporia, KS, Ledger
US census as photographer; res: 150 Commercial, Emporia, KS
1881 Jul 21
Emporia (KS) Weekly News L S Page in lodge notice
1882 Aug 18
Emporia (KS)
Daily News new furniture purchase for studio of Hardcastle & Kenyon
1883 Jul 13
Emporia (KS) Daily News Delia Rich completes 7 years at Page Gallery
1883 Oct 25
Emporia (KS) Weekly News Page adds W. A. Howard to staff
1883 Nov 28
Emporia (KS) Daily News Page ‘s mother Lydia P. Langmaid returns from Topeka

Emporia, KS, city directory as photographer widowed
1886 Apr 29
Neosho (MO) Vivifier item about visit to Page studio in Emporia, KS
1886 Jun 11
Americus (KS) Ledger item about visit to Page studio in Emporia, KS
Emporia, KS, city directory as photographer 505 Rural; res 522 Commercial
1891 Mar 14
Ottawa (KS) Daily Republic fire claims Page studio in Loomis building including Mohler shoes, Hall Bros Music Store
1895 Sep 06
Topeka Daily Capital fire destroys Page gallery and Kraum drug store and Ricker Jewelry store
from 1905 news article from Emporia (KS) Gazette Page moves to Guthrie, OK
Valley Falls (KS) New Era newspaper Guthrie, O T Louis Page wanted in Versailles, MO, on charge of adultery arrested om Valley Falls, KS

1903 Jun 04
Guthrie (KS) Daily Leader L S Page mention in Lodge business
Guthrie, OK, city directory as photographer at 118 w Oklahoma
1905 Mar 28
Emporia (KS) Gazette long news story about Page being an alias of Langmaid
1905 Jul 21
Guthrie (OK) Daily Leader item about Lodge Business including L S Page
Guthrie, OK, city directory and US census as photographer at 618 Vine
Guthrie, OK, city directory as photographer at 118 ½ w Oklahoma; res 618 Vine
US census as photographer; res 618 n Vine, Guthrie. OK
dies at age 81 and is buried in Emporia, KS

Emporia (KS) Daily News - 28 Nov 1883

Louis Page continued
Ottawa (KS) Daily Republic - 14 Mar 1891

Topeka (KS) Daily Capital - 6 Sep 1895

Leavenworth (KS) Times - 30 Mar 1905

Emporia (KS) Gazette - 31 Mar 1905

Leavenworth (KS) Times - 1 Apr 1905

Cabinet Card (trimmed)
Trimmed Slightly
Photographer: Paris Art Studio
Cassville, MO

No research at this time.

O. H. Park
Cabinet Card couple
O. H. Park
Clarinda, Iowa
Cabinet Card couple
O. H. Park
Clarinda, Iowa

Oscar Herman Park appears to have been a photographer all his life. Also, The American Shorthorn Herd Book, Volume 38, has four notations that show O. H. Park of Clarinda, IA, as a ShortHorn cattle breeder between 1889 and 1891. None of this reflects in any other records.

Of the examples of his work found, none indicated a street address of his studio, only Clarinda, IA.
The cabinet cards here were probably done between 1877 and 1911 when he was not partnered with any other photographer. Since he suffered from an illness and was apparently involved in the cattle business in his later years, the early part of this period is more likely.

Oscar Howard Park
(18 Apr 1853 - 31 May 1911)

1853 Apr 18
born in Clarinda, IA, or Iowaville, IA, depending on sources
GenWeb, family moves to Ottumwa, IA
GenWeb, begins study of photography with H. L. Shaw in Ottumwa, IA
GenWeb, opens gallery in Elden, IA
1873 Fall
GenWeb, returns to Ottumwa, IA, purchases business of H. L. Shaw
1874 Fall,
GenWeb, Find-A-Grave, moves to Clarinda, IA, partners with E. B. Hinman
1877 March,
GenWeb, sells business to E. B. Hinman and moves to California

1877 late in year
GenWeb, returns to Clarinda, IA, buys out E. B. Hinman
GenWeb, still working in Clarinda, IA, as photographer
1880 Oct 04
GenWeb, marries Mollie Kittle (b 1860 May 25)
1880 Jun 29
US census, as photographer
The Photo-beacon, a book published in 1897, considered Park to be just a “mediocre” portrait photographer.
1900 23 Jun
US census, as photographer
Clarinda, IA, city directory, as photographer
1910 Apr 15
US census, as “Own Income”
1911 May 31
Find-a-Grave, dies of “pernicious Anaemia”

The portrait at the right is thought to be of Oscar Herman Park himself.

Cabinet Card man
Photographer: Park
North Tonawanda
Sweeney near Webster St.

There were several photographers named Park in New York in the late 1800’s. This photographer for this cabinet card is probably the one based in Buffalo, NY, just ten miles from Tonawanda, NY, a suburb really.

William J. Park
(Jan 1866 - )

Although there is some confusion about his genealogical family structure, enough sources were assembled to give a picture of this photographer’s working life.

Documents begin with the 1880 US Census where he is listed as working in a photograph gallery at 14. In all documents found he is listed as photographer from 1884 to 1901. In 1905 the New York Census shows his occupation as “Turkish Bath”; in 1906 as “Seneca Baths”; in1930 as Lodge Agent.

The cabinet card at the left must have been completed sometime between about 1884 and 1905.

The card on the right is stamped "Park" on the reverse. There is not enough information to connect this photographer with William J. Park. The awkward, and stiff pose is more the work of Oscar Herman Park, as previously described.

Cabinet Card Five Gentlemen

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

In the years around 1900, there was actually 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 properly.

L. F. Gillette and Thomas Parker were active in Ohio at the same time (1977-1978) but there were many others who could have connected and traveled together.

Cabinet Card portrait
Parrish & Berry
Waltham St.

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

British Photography Journal

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

Cabinet Card man
Main Street,
South Side,
Arcade. N. Y.

At first examination, there appeared to be too many photographers in the area of Arcade, NY, by the name of Pearson, too many to narrow down to the Pearson on this cabinet card.

Benjamin M. Pearson, Albany, NY, over 200 miles from Arcade, NY
Emma J. Pearson, Rochester, NY, about 60 miles from Arcade, NY
William R. Pearson, Buffalo, NY, about 30 miles from Arcade, NY
William R. Pearson, Niagara, NY, about 60 miles from Arcade, NY
But finally,
Robert Wilson Pearson, of Arcade, Wyoming County, New York

Robert Wilson Pearson
(29 Jan 1867 - 5 Nov 1938)

R. W. Pearson is documented through the US Census and the New York State Census, as photographer from 1900 through 1930 always in Arcade, NY. The town did not have a city directory.

The cabinet card to the left is glossy on both sides, has rounded corners a ruled border. It was probably finished around 1900 or slightly before.

Photographer: E. B. Peddinghaus
2018 First Ave. Birmingham, Ala.
This one may not actually be a cabinet card. It is just close to cabinet card size and the position on the card is similar.

Edward Bennen or Benner or Beneur Peddinghaus
(23 Jul 1861 - 23 Dec 1927)

There are a lot of conflicting documents on E. B. Peddinghaus. For example, many documents show he was born 23 Jul 1861 and yet, the 1860 US Census says he is 10 months old in June of 1860.

He began his photography career in 1881, according to one source but little is found about his whereabouts up to 1895.

His active photography life was spent in Birmingham, AL, from 1895 on.
1896 - 1906 Photographer at 2018 ½ First Ave Birmingham, AL
1907 - 1912 at 1818 Second
1913 - 1916 at 2024 First Ave
1917 - 1922 at 1918 ½ Third Ave
1923 - 1924 at 308 ½ N 20th
1925 retires

The photograph at the left might have been done around 1896 - 1906. Probably closer to 1906 because of the variance in the card size from most cabinet cards.

Cabinet Card portrait of a man
Photographer: Pelot & Cole
Augusta, GA
Also listed under Cole

Alma Alfred Pelot and James Devore Cole were business partners for many years but were also related so a timeline combining both is presented here.

Alma Alfred Pelot (1840 – 1909)
James Devore Cole (1843 – 1907)

1840 Sep 07
Alma Alfred Pelot born in Alabama to Joseph Alma Pelot and Elizabeth R. Parker
1843 Nov 08
James Devore Cole is born in South Carolina to James Daniel Cole and Hetty Habersham Pelot (Alma Alfred Pelot’s aunt)
Charlston, SC, city directory lists Alma A. Pelot as Daguerrean Artist at 230 King Street, living with parents
US census has Alma A. Pelot as clerk in Charleston, SC, living with parents
Alma Pelot enlists in Confederate army
no records found for Alma Pelot; James Cole marries Elizabeth Pauline Dugas (1843-1903)
1869 through 1890
Alma A. Pelot found on Augusta, GA, Property Tax digests; he appears

to have never owned any real estate.
US census Alma Pelot and James Cole both listed as photographers; both in Richmond, GA; Pelot living with cousins and Cole living with his in-laws, Dugas
Augusta, GA, city directory Alma Pelot listed as photographer; first mention of Pelot and Cole partnership; studio apparently is at 192 Broad
August, SC, death index, brother William Pelot dies of consumption; listed as photographer
US census Alma Pelot listed as photographer living with Aunt Hetty Cole; J. D. Cole listed as photographer living with in-laws Dugas at 624 Broad, Augusta, GA
Atlanta Constitution, Augusta news item; Pelot and Cole declare bankruptcy, but apparently continue in business
1883 to 1905
Augusta, GA, city directory listings show Alma Pelot and James Cole as photographers
US census Alma Pelot listed as photographer, living with cousins

Augusta, GA, city directory lists Alma Pelot as photographer but not as Pelot and Cole
1907 Nov 08
Augusta, GA, James Devore Cole dies in Atlanta, GA
1909 Dec 13
Alma Alfred Pelot dies in Augusta, GA

Then oddly, this record:
Augusta, GA city directory shows ALBERT A Pelot operating as photographer, living at 436 Reynolds. The name is found only in the residence section and not in the business section indicating ALBERT Pelot probably was working at someone else’s studio. Since neither ALMA Pelot nor his two brothers, Eugene or William never married, there are no sons or nephews by that name. So far no cousin has been found by that name either.

It appears that the two, A. A. Pelot and J. D. Cole operated as partners from about 1870 to 1907 when Cole died. Brother William J W Pelot probably assisted in the studio until his death in 1879. So far, no studio addresses have been found so narrowing the date range of any photograph is limited.

Cabinet Card Woman
Photographer: Perry
Wymore, Neb.

Oliver H. Perry
(Nov 1852 - 18 Aug 1922)
Apparently there were three O. H. Perrys, two of them photographers, in the decades around 1900. The two photographers moved around a bit so keeping them separate was a difficult task.

The O. H. Perry followed here spent some time in or around Wymore, NB. There are big gaps in the documentation but here is where the photographer was on these dates:
1852 Nov
born in New York state, most likely Edinburg, Saratoga County
1859 - 1860
Edinburg, Saratoga, NY: Both parents die

There is a gap on his location here as he probably lived with relatives or was in a foster home.

marriage to Mary T. Hudson in Ludington, Mason County, MI

DeWitt, Saline County, NB
1893 Beatrice, Gage County, NB
Wymore, Gage County, NB
Beatrice, Gage County, NB
Wymore, Gage County, NB
Omaha, NB
Cozad, Dawson County, NB
Jerome, Yavapi County, AZ, where he dies in a fire

He moved back and forth between Beatrice and Wymore from 1893 to 1910. The two towns are very small and only about 10 miles apart.

The cabinet card here could have been done any time between 1883 and 1910. Darker color mounting boards were more popular around 1900.

The following article says he was born in Ohio but no evidence has been found to support that.

Cabinet Card family
Photographer: Peter's studio
1722 W. 47th st
Near Ashland Ave.

Nothing found on Peter's studio as of May, 2017

Cabinet Card mother and four children
Photographer: J. W. Pickard
Mobile. Ala.

John Wesley Pickard was born to John and Matilda Pickard in April of 1861. His father died when he was 8 and he lived with his mother until he was in his early 20’s

1861 Apr
John Wesley Pickard born in North Carolina
US census places J W Pickard living with mother in Bartholomew, IN
US census, Birmingham AL, as photographer at 20th bet av D and E; res 2411 av C
Mobile, AL, city directory, as photographer at 571 Dauphin, res 5 Pearl
US census, Rahway, NJ as photographer; res 71 Cherry st
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, as photographer at 4701 Fkd av and 5707 Gtn av and 3101 Ridge

Philadelphia, PA, as photographer at 4719 Frankford and 3101 Ridge, res 3132 Page; marriage to Almeda H Archer in Mount Holly, NJ
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as photographer at 4701 FKD av and 3101 Ridge; res 4526 Franklin. Fkd; son Frank Pickard born in New Hersey
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, as photographer at 4701 Fkd av and 3101 Ridge; res NJ; Son John Wesley Jr. born in Philadelphia, PA
Pottsville, PA, city directory as photographer; res 7 n Centre, Pottsville; also as photographer at 127 S Oak, Mt Carmel, PA (Shamokin directory)
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, as photographer at 4408 Main MYK and 3101 Ridge; res Mt Holly, NJ ; also listed is Pickard's Studio, 4701 Frankford av, with George F. Hennigar, photographer
US census, Philadelphia, PA, as photographer, res Market st
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as photographer at 4337 Lancaster, res 4047 Market st
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, as photographer at 3101 Ridge ave and 1710 South; res Mt Holly, NJ ; birth of daughter Miriam A Pickard in New Jersey

Philadelphia, PA, as photographer at 3101 Ridge and 1710 South
New Jersey, city directory, as photographer at 3101 Ridge ave and 1710 South; res Mt Holly, NJ ;
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, New Jersey, city directory, as photographer at 3101 Ridge ave and 1710 South; res Mt Holly, NJ ; Mount Holly, NJ, birth of son Charles Jasper Pickard
New Jersey, death of wife Almeda Archer
US census, Northampton, NJ, as photographer, res Madison av
Burlington, NJ, as proprietor of Pickard’s Tire Shop; res 83 Washington
US census, Mount Holly, NJ, as merchant in tire shop, res 83 Washington st
US census (1940), res 83 Washington
1940 Apr 01
US census, as proprietor of bicycle shop; res; 83 Washington st
Sometime after 1940 John W. Pickard dies in Burlington County, NJ. Actual date is unknown at this time.

John Wesley Picard spent most of his photograph career in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, changing addresses frequently. Early on however, from 1890 to 1893, records show he worked in (and apparently around) Mobile, AL.

Cabinet Card family group
Photographer: M. H. Pinegar
Stillwater, Oklahoma Ter.
Cabinet Card
This is the reverse of the Cabinet Card at the left.

Marion H Pinegar
(Mar 1852 - 1920)

M. H. Pinegar moved around a lot. He worked in small towns mostly so there is no city directory evidence. Here is a timeline of his locations based on the US Census, newspaper items and the birth places of his children.

1852 born in Elmwood, IL
1875 marriage to Elvira D. Bowen in Farmington, Ill
1880 - Mt Sterling, IA
1881 July - IL
1883 July 3 - Hillsboro, IA
1884 Jun 27 - Kingman, KS news item
1884 Aug 22 - Kingman, KS news item
1885 Jan 15 - Kingman, KS news item
1885 Dec 28 - Dodge City, KS
1887 Mar 18 - KS
1890 Aug 29 - Oklahoma City, OK
1895 Sep - Indian Territory
1900 - Logan, MO
1905 - Muldrow, OK news item
1920 death in White, AR

Oklahoma did not become a state until 16 Nov 1907. All of M. H. Pinegars appearances in Oklahoma would be in Oklahoma “Territory” as designated on the reverse of the cabinet card. These cards could have been finished any time between 1890 and 1907.

Cabinet Card woman
Photographer: M. H. Pinegar
Stillwater, Oklahoma Ter.
Cabinet Card woman
The reverse of the card at the left.
Kingman (KS) Courier
27 Jun 1884

Cabinet Card
Photographer: G. Podoll & Co.
333 Third St.
Also headquarters for the Northwestern View Co.
Nothing on reverse

It appears that G. Podoll lived a long and productive life, mostly in Milwaukee, WI. However, his photography career at 333 3rd Street in Milwaukee, WI, can be documented by city directory as lasting from 1886 to 1891 when he apparently gave up the studio to Nicholas Scharff.

No biographical information is certain although it appears he never married.

Cabinet Card
Photographer: C. T. Pomeroy
618 Main Street
Kansas City, Mo.

Charles T. Pomeroy
(1854 - 1909)

C. T. Pomeroy was photographer in New York from about 1880 to 1888. He moved to Kansas City, MO about 1890 and worked as photographer until his death in 1909.

This card is dated on the front: 1889.

Cabinet Card Woman
Photographer: E. K. Porter
Sterling, Kans
Cabinet Card Man with beard

Ellis Kepler Porter (1860 - 1936) was a photographer in Sterling, KS from about 1889 through 1930 based on the few documents that were found. There was no city directory for that town in those days, so more detailed information of his location is unavailable.

His brother Willard Duncan Porter (1854 - 1924) also worked as a photographer. According to a 1904 Kansas Gazetteer, Ellis and Willard were working together in Sterling, KS. No other documents are available to show how long this lasted.

Topeka Daily Capital - 11 Oct 1914

It would be a good guess that the photographs here were done early in his career as photographer, when cabinet cards were still popular.

Photographer: Post Office Studio
Over Post Office
Waxahachie, Tex.

No information on the "Post Office Studio" yet.

Cabinet Card Young Woman in puffed sleeves
Photographer: E. J. Potter
Mansfield, O.

Ezra J. Potter
(19 Sep 1844 - 2 Feb 1925)

All available documents indicate E. J. Potter was a photographer at his own studio in Mansfield, OH, from about 1865 when he was mustered out of the Union Army, until he retired about 1912.

He worked a short time in 1915, at age 71, for another photographer named Schwan.

The cabinet card above could have been done any time between about 1865 and 1912. The card is very lightweight and cream color both sides which would indicate pre-1880.

Cabinet Card man
J. R. Potter
323 Main Street
Buffalo, New York

John R. Potter
(Feb 1840 - 1909)

J. R. Potter worked in Buffalo, NY, for his entire career but he moved a lot and changed associations often. He also worked for other photograph studios as well as his own.

born in New York.
photographer working with (or for) W M Knight
1865 - 1866
employed as photographer, studio unknown
working as clerk
1868 - 1871
employed as photographer, studio unknown

photographer as Potter and Spooner at 305 Main
photographer at 19 E Seneca
photographer, Potter and Knight
1875 - 1876
photographer, Hamblin and Potter
1877 - 1878
employed as photographer, studio unknown
photographer with W M Knight
1880 - 1881
has own studio 256 Main
1882 - 1891
has own studio 323 Main
1893 - 1895
employed as photographer, studio unknown
1896 - 1898
has own studio 252 Main

1899 - 1900
has own studio, 153 Broadway, corner of Broadway and Michigan
employed as photographer, studio unknown
1902 - 1908
has own studio at 444 Main
Dies in Buffalo, NY

The cabinet card shown here must have been finished between 1882 and 1891.

Cabinet Card Woman
D C Pratt
Aurora, Illinois.
Cabinet Card Woman

It is difficult to believe but there were at least three people in eastern US, in the 19th century, named DeWitt Clinton Pratt; a constable, a carpenter and a photographer. There were even more named DeWitt Pratt, D. Pratt and D. C. Pratt.

D. C. Pratt spent most of his career working in Aurora, IL. When he died in 1903 his son, Edmund carried on the profession with a few interruptions until his death in 1924.

The timeline here shows a few variances in the studio address which should help date a card when the address is included in imprint.

DeWitt Clinton Pratt
(1823 - 1903)

Births of children included in lieu of other unavailable documents to show the location of D. C. Pratt
1823 Aug 14
D. C. Pratt born in Homer, Cortland, NY
1847 Jul 13
marries Mary M Burdick
1850 Jan
daughter Florence Mary Pratt born in Aurora, IL
1856 Feb 14
daughter Eveline Estelle Pratt born in Lake Forest, IL
1860 Jan
daughter Francis Eugenia Pratt born in Aurora, IL
1860 Jun 14
US census as “Artist” in Aurora, IL

1863 Jul 01
Civil War draft registration, as artist
Aurora, IL, city directory as photographer
1866 Oct 16
son Edmund C. Pratt born in Aurora, IL
Aurora, IL, city directory as photographer at 48 Broadway
1870 Jul 20
US census as photographer
1880 Jun 12
US census as photographer at 48 s Broadway
marries Charlotte A. Pratt in Aurora, IL
1900 Jun 01
US census as photographer; res at 19 so Lincoln
Aurora, IL, city directory as photographer; res 19 so Lincoln
1903 Aug 24
dies in Aurora, IL at age 80

So DeWitt Clinton Pratt was an active photographer from about 1850 to 1902. From the physical appearance of the card, it was probably done early in the decade following 1890.

Cabinet Card gentleman
Photographer: Pratt
Waxahachie, Texas

This timeline assembled from US Census, city directories and two detailed narratives from Genealogy Web.
George Hagey Pratt
(10 Oct 1858 - 26 Apr 1932)

born in Sterling, IL
1880 - 1891
Elite Studio in Red Oak, IA (very sketchy evidence)
1892 - 1899
as photographer in Waxahachie, TX
1900 - 1929
as photographer in Paris, TX
1930 - 1932
moves to Amarillo TX, but is not very active as photographer
dies in Amarillo, TX

The cabinet card on the left was probably finished between 1892 and 1899.

Cabinet Card Baby
Photographer: G. I. Pruden
Cortland, N. Y.

George I. Pruden
(Sep 1856 - 1933)

This timeline was assembled from US Census, city directories and a small narrative on GenWeb by the grandson of G. I. Purden. There are some gaps but the locations are fairly clear.

birth at Steuben, NY
1884 - 1885
as photographer 17-19 Main, Syracuse, NY;

as photographer Cortland, NY
1893 May 17
sells gallery in Cortland, NY, to George Edwin Butler
1900 -1905
as photographer Seneca Falls, NY
as photographer Buffalo, NY
as photographer Jersey City, NJ
1922 - 1932
as salesman/solicitor White Plains, NY
death (unconfirmed - wife listed as widow in 1934 city directory)

The cabinet card at the left might have been finished after about 1885 and before 17 May 1893.

Cabinet Card woman
H. J. Purnelle Rail Road Photo Car

Atcheson, KS, 26 Sep 1872

H. J. Purnelle (Seneca, Kansas)
Rail Road Photo Car

Harry J. Purnelle
(1859 - 13 Oct 1919)

Not much has been found so far on this photographer. Research was plagued by record keepers who shifted back and forth between H. J., Harry and Henry for a given name. Sometimes it was the same person; sometimes it was a fork in the road.

His Railroad Car Photo Studio moved around often and so there are few city records of him. He visited smaller towns which often didn’t even have a city directory. And even if they did, the Railroad Studio didn’t stay long enough to get a listing in one. There are some little bits in newspapers but they don’t tell much about the photographer except his location on a specific date. One paper in 1994 even calls him Mrs. Purnelle and indeed his wife may well have been working with him.

H. J. Purnelle was also not the ONLY photographer using a railroad car as a photograph studio. Travelling in the same era also were several other railroad itinerant photographers, one source even claims there were hundreds. Here are a few names: Hutchings Brothers, J. B. Shane, J. J. Pursiey, Frank Jay Haynes and his Palace Railroad Photo Car, J. B. Silvis, Fallman, Orris Hunt, Wilson, Frederick W. Jorns, and William L. Harrod,

The time line here is assembled mostly from small news items from local newspapers. Since the cabinet cards he produced are imprinted only with “H. J. Purnelle, Rail Road Photo Car” it is unknown where he was when the photographs were finished.

1959 born Harry J. Purnelle in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
1880 Living in Seneca, KS
1884 Photographic Times news item that H. J. Purnelle of Seneca, KS, has sold out
1891 May 29 Cherryvale, KS, suggests partnership with Willett
1891 Dec 15 Pittsburgh, KS
1892 Jan 19 Pittsburgh, KS
1892 Dec 16 Wellington, KS, sued the City of Caldwell, KS
1894 Oct 03 Ardmore, OK
1894 Oct 06 Ardmore, OK
1896 Dec 16 Belle Plain, KS
1910 May 12 Larkin, KS
1919 Oct 13 Dies in Syracuse, KS

Cherryvale, KS, 29 May 1891

Cherryvale, KS, 03 Jul 1891

Pittsburgh, KS, 12 Dec 1891

Pittsburgh, OK, Daily 19 Jan 1892

Lakin, KS, 06 Oct 1894

Note that in a town that perhaps has an established local photograph studio, the arrival of an itinerant competitor is not always good news. In the above clipping, the portion on the left is apparently a paid advertisement.

Wellington, KS, Voice 16 Dec 1892

Ardmore, OK, Daily, 06 Oct 1894

Belle Plaine, KS, 17 Dec 1910

Lakin, KS, 12 May 1910

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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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