Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century - S - Part 01


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

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C

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 two boys
Photographer:Heiman & Schlueter
Bartlett and Granger, Tex.
Also listed under Heiman
Cabinet Card trio

No research on Heiman & Schlueter has been done yet.


Three Men
Photographer: A. P. Schoenung
South Wilwaukee, Wis

Philip A. Schoenung
(Jun 1862 - 1912)

Following an unusual name like Schoenung in Milwaukee, WI, was not difficult. Unfortunately, no document, US Census or City Directory, connected him to being a photographer. According to records he was a teacher, a printer and an insurance salesman.

1862
born in Lindenberg Rhein, Germany
1881
immigrated to US
1891
married to Christine Schoenung
1892
son Alois born in Sheboygan, WI
1893
not in city directory for Milwaukee (no Sheboygan directory available before 1904
1984
son Peter born in South Milwaukee, WI; not in city directory for Milwaukee
1895
not in city directory for Milwaukee

1896
son Philip born in Wisconsin
1899
daughter Maricher born in Illinois
1900
US Census as teacher in New Ulm, MN
1902
daughter Harlandis born in Minnesota
1907
as insurance agent in Madison, WI
1909
as teacher at University of WI
1910
US Census as teacher in Indianapolis, IN
1911
not in city directories for Milwaukee or Madison, WI, or Indianapolis, IN
1912
death in Milwaukee, WI

The only document found that states “South” Milwaukee, WI. is the birth of his son Peter in 1894. It is just a guess that the photograph was made around then.


Portrait of a man
Photographer: Scholl & Mink
715 Halsted St.
Chicago
(Also listed under MINK)

John B. Scholl
(11 Aug 1857 - 3 Oct 1924)

John B. Scholl was a photographer in Chicago most of his career. He partnered with B. A. Mink only a short time ending in 1885. Between 1885 and 1924 he had a studio in Chicago, IL, at various locations.

1957
born in Chicago, IL
1882
as photographer boarding at 20 Brown st
1882
Dec 06 (Allentown Democrat news item) B A Mink moves to Chicago
1884
approximately, partners with B. A. Mink, studio at 715 Halsted
1885
as photographer at 715 Halsted (Mink and Scholl)
1886
dissolved partnership with B A Mink


1887 - 1889
as photographer at 447 Halsted
1890
May-Jun newspaper ads shows address as 210 State and Halsted at 14th; hires George Hana from England as chief operator
1896
George Hanna leaves partnership, returns to England; Scholl closes State Street Studio and opens offices at 553 Halsted and 1167 Milwaukee.
1900 - 1904
as photographer at 553 Halsted and 1167 Milwaukee
1906
as photographer unknown address
1910
as photographer unknown address
1924
death in Chicago, IL

All data is taken from Theatrical Photography website, newspaper articles, US Census and city directories.

The cabinet card here must have been finished between about 1884 and 1886.



Cabinet Card couple
photographer: Shaff
Seneca, Kansas
Cabinet Card portrait of a woman
Photographer: Shaff's studio
Maryville, Mo.

James S. Shaff
(Jun 1850 - 19 Jan 1934)

1850
born in Washington, IA
1870
NOT in Blue Rapids, KS; whereabouts unknown
1875
birth of daughter, living in Blue Rapids, KS
1880
US Census - as photographer in Blue Rapids, KS
1885
KS Census - as photographer in Seneca Ks
1895
KS Census - as photographer in Seneca KS
1900
US Census - as band teacher in Blackwell, OK
1910
US Census - as farmer in Rudolph, NM

1920
US Census - as farmer in Tucumcari, NM
1926
death of wife Charlotte A. in NM
1934
Jan 19 - death of James Shaff in NM

The cabinet card at the far left was probably done at the time J. A. Shaff was living in Seneca, KS, between 1885 and 1895.

The other cabinet card, near left, is more difficult to place. There were no records found placing Shaff in Maryville, MO, at any time. It can be shown that he was not yet in Blue Rapids, KS, in 1870 and unfortunately, the 1870 US Census for Maryville, MO, is not available. It remains just a good guess then that about 1870 was the period he was in Maryville, Mo.


Cabinet Card child
(Greatly Enhanced)
Photographer: J. B. Shane
615 Mass. St. Lawrence, Kans.
cabinet card portrait
(Greatly Enhanced)
Photographer: J. B. Shane
615 Mass. St. Lawrence, Kans.

John Boucher Shane
(05 Dec 1840 - 28 Dec 1913)

1840
born in Dover, KY
1878
began operations as a photographer in a railroad car in Lawrence, KS
1885
first record of his own studio at 615 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS
1902 - 1912
incarcerated for murder in Lansing Prison; daughter Juno Belle operates the business in his absence until...
1907
Juno marries and the studio name is changed to Thompson Studio, same address
1913
J. B. Shane released and pardoned
1913
J. B. Shane death in Lawrence, KS

All data above collected from US Census, city directories and the short biography at the University of Kansas Library

These cabinet cards were probably finished between1885 and 1907. The scalloped edges , heavy card stock and the script printing indicate a date closer to 1900.

To compare the original and the enhanced version of these cards to to LOST GALLERY - Looking For Lost Details


Cabinet Card baby
Photographer:
Shellabarger
Horton, Kas

George G. Shellabarger
(01 Nov 1848 - 22 Jul 1933)
1848 Nov 1
born in Mad River, OH
1850
US census at age 2 in Mad River, OH
1860
US census at age 12 in Mad River, OH
1875-1877
news item says Shellabarger was in Topeka for two years
1876
city directory as photographer in Topeka, KS, Adine and Shellabarger
1877
city directory as photographer in Emporia, KS
1877 May
news item opens gallery in Valley Falls, KS, in May
1880
US census as photographer at Valley Falls, KS
1880 Oct 9
news item gallery in Valley Falls, KS
1882 Feb 8
news item father’s obituary says Shellabarger lives in Valley Falls

1890 Aug 2
news item gallery in Valley Falls, KS
1896 Jan 17
news item working in Horton, KS
1900 Sep 28
news item residence in Horton, KS
1901 Jan 4
news item residence at Horton, KS
1905 Nov 10
news item residence in Horton, KS
1907
Sells out studio in Horton, KS to Wesley Blackmore
1907-1911
news item studio at Marion, IN
1910
US census as photographer Marion, IL
1911-1912
studio at Winona, MN
1912 Apr 18
news item return to Horton, KS
1920
US census as photographer in Horton, KS
1933 Jul 22
dies in Glen Ellyn, IL at age 84

This cabinet card could have been finished between 1896 and 1905 or when he returned to Horton, KS, in 1912. The design of the card indicates 1889-1896.

Brown County (Horton) World -
19 Apr 1912


Cabinet Card
photographer: Riley & Sherraden
43 & 45 S. Main st.
Council Bluffs,
Ia
(Also under Riley)
Cabinet Card reverse
Reverse of the card on the left

Charles Henry Sherraden
(26 Aug 1845 - 7 Jun 1908)

1845
born in Illinois
1870
as photographer in Osceola, Clarke, IA
1880
as photographer in Council Bluffs, IA, working with C. A. Riley
1892 - 1893
as photographer at 43-45 s Main, Council Bluffs, IA
1893 - 1894
as photographer as Riley & Sherraden at 45 s Main, Council Bluffs, IA
1895 - 1901
as photographer at 43-45 s Main, Council Bluffs, IA
1906
death in Salt Lake City, UT at age 62

Although C. A. Riley and C. H. Sherraden worked together twice, the cabinet card at the left was probably done during their later 1893 - 1894 collaboration.


Portrait
Photographer: J. C. Shinkle
Artist
Portrait man with hair parted in the middle reverse
Reverse of card at the left.
This may not have been a cabinet card but the original mounting board is trimmed to that size.

John Clark Shinkle
(29 Aug 1854 - 29 Jan 1938)

He was married and began his photography career about the same time, 1884. According to his obituary, J. C. Shinkle built his own camera and ground his own lens.

Some of his most well-known photographs were of the town square in Harrisonville, MO, in 1896. They appear in
“Images of America: Harrisonville”
by Carol Bohl and David R. Atkinson.

He worked in Missouri until about 1910 when he moved to Woodland, CA.

He closed his studio in Woodland, CA, about 1920 and operated studios in Colusa, Oakland and Stockton, CA. He died in 1938.


Cabinet Card Young Woman
Photographer:
Miss O. M. Shira
Saint John, Kans
Cabinet Card children
Photographer:
Miss O. M. Shira
Saint John, Kans

O. M. Shira (Miss)

(no biographical information found)

1889
regional directory as photographer in St. John, KS

Miss O. M. Shira has been documented only once. She appears in a Regional Directory for towns along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe rail line in northern Kansas. The book is dated 1889. Although there are a few photographs on genealogical sites credited to her, no other references to this photographer have been found.


Cabinet Card man
Photographer: Shoemaker
MT. Vernon, Ohio

Elmer Shoemaker
(Aug 1862 - 29 May 1925)

Elmer Shoemaker can be documented as a photographer from 1900 to 1921. He worked and lived in Ashland, OH, just 32 miles from Mount Vernon, OH.

Elmer Shoemaker is the likely photographer for the cabinet card at the left.

But there is also this possibility:
George M. Shoemaker
(1857 - )

Cincinnati, OH, city directories place G. M. Shoemaker as photographer from 1877 to 1888. Then he either leaves the state or dies for there are no confirmed documents after that. There is no indication that he ever was in Mt. Vernon, OH.


Cabinet Card man w striped tie
Photographer
L. Short,
Rondout

Lorenzo Short
(24 Nov 1847 - Jul 1928)

All data from US Census and city directories.

1847
born in New York
1870
as farmer
1873
as photographer at Division in Kingston
1875
as photographer in Kingston
1877
as photographer at 18 Union
1878 - 1879
as photographer for D. J. Auchmoody
1880
as photographer on Union ave
1883
as photographer at 160 ½ Strand, Rondout, Kingston, NY
1889 - 1892
as photographer at 161 Strand, Rondout, Kingston, NY
1894 - 1900
as photographer at 9 Strand, Rondout, Kingston, NY

1900
daughter Isabella (Belle) begins working at studio
1901 - 1913
as photographer at 9 e Strand and 329 wall, Rondout, Kingston, NY
1916 - 1927
as photographer at 9 e Strand, Rondout, Kingston, NY
1928 death in NY
1918 - 1951
Isabelle carries on the studio at 9 e Strand until she retires in 1952

After her father's death, Isabelle Short carried on the studio under the name Short's Studio.

So the cabinet card at the left could have been done any time between 1873 and 1927 but probably before his daughter Isabella started work in the studio in 1900. That would be about the time the studio name changed to Short's Studio. Their studio was always somewhere in Rondout, a suburb of Kingston, NY.



Cabinet Card man
Photographer
J. Sigvaldson
Butterfield, Minn

John Sigvaldson
(Dec 1860 - 9Jun 1936)

J. Sigvaldson immigrated to the US in 1891 at age 31. He worked as a laborer and an elevator operator until about 1897. After marrying in 1897 he took up photography until about 1900, possibly as late as 1904. In 1905 he was a day laborer again and then took up farming for the rest of his life. He died in 1936.

This cabinet card must have been finished between about 1897 and 1904.

Cabinet Card family
Photographer: Silver
104 Ludington Ave
Ludington, Mich

Fred C. Silver
(14 Aug 1848 - 18 Jul 1913)

All data from US Census and city directories.

1848
born in Ohio
1877 - 1913
as photographer-artist at 102-104 Ludington av
1913
death by meningitis in Ludington, MI

This cabinet card could have been done anytime between 1877 and 1913. Style of printing and weight of card would indicate it was around 1900.




Cabinet Card couple
Photographer: D. P. Sink
South Main St.
Vernon, Texas
Cabinet card portrait of woman
Photographer: D. P. Sink
Vernon, Texas

Daniel Philip Sink
(26 Sep 1846 - 31 Jan 1931)

1846
born in Davidson, NC
1978
moved to Calvert, TX
1889 March
moved to Vernon, TX; opens photography studio in a tent in center town
1918 Jul 12
sells South Main studio to R. B. Clifton
1919
moves to California, apparently does not go into business again
1931
death in Los Angeles, CA

All data is from US Census, newspaper items. Find-A-Grave website and city directories

This cabinet card must have been finished between 1889 and 1918.

The bottom example was probably much later than the top example. Scalloped edges and pastel color mounting board did not become popular until around 1890-1900.

Vernon Record
12 Jul 1918

Vernon Record - 15 Feb 1918


Vernon Record
02 May 1919


Cabinet Card baby
Photographer:
Skewis
Windom, Minn.

Benjamin Peters Skewis
(6 Feb 1860 - 1 Feb 1846)

B. J . Skewis and his wife Ammie travelled quite a bit after 1900 so their location will tell a lot about when a photograph was taken.

1860
Birth in Shullsburg, WI
1880
Apple River, IL as laborer (at 20)
1884
marriage to Ammie
1885 - 1910
as photographer in Windom, MN
1920
(US Census)as photographer in Salem, OR
1928 -1929
travels in Canada
1930
(US Census)as photographer in Albany, OR
1935 - 1936
no occupation in Salem, OR
1940
no occupation in Yuba City, CA
1946
death in Yuba City, CA

The cabinet card at the left would have been finished between about 1885 and 1910.

Cabinet Card portrait curly hair
Photographer: Smith
Sterling, Illinois

There isn’t much about C. F. Smith in official records. There are only two city directory listings, 1908 and 1909, in Sterling, IL, where he lived all his life, but he is in newspaper items from the Sterling Standard and the Sterling Gazette that show him as a photographer from 1889 through 1895.

He is in the US Census of 1880 and 1900 as photographer. The 1910 US Census shows his second wife as widowed and his last child born in 1908.
Charles Frank Smith
(May 1857 - 1909)
1857
born in Iowa
1880
(US Census) as photographer in Sterling, IL
1889
Dec 14 newspaper item show he moved his studio building to the East part of town
1889 - 1895
newspaper items show him as photographer in Sterling, IL
1895 Dec 19
(Newspaper) as photographer; obit for wife Lyda/Lida
1898 Jul 29
married to 2nd wife Genevieve Pearl
1900
US Census - as photographer at 608 4th av
1908
birth of son Franklin
1909
city directory shows wife Genevieve as widowed
1910
US Census shows wife Genevieve as widowed

This cabinet card could have been done anywhere from about 1880 to 1900


Eugene Warren Smith
Cabinet Card Couple
Photographer
E. W. Smith
Pittsburgh, Kan.

Eugene Warren Smith
(1853-1937)

1853
born in Indiana
1870
US census as helper in father’s store in Springfield, IN
1880
US census as photographer
1886-1908
Many gossipy news items and small display ads chronicle his presence in Pittsburgh, KS
1894 Jan 31
moves studio from above Ramsey Bros store to West 3rd St.
1894 Feb-Mar
multiple small ads telling E W Smith has moved his studio
1900
news item storm damages studio
1910
US census as photographer in Pittsburg, KS, res 308 e 9th
1903 - 1906
as photographer at 106 ½ w 3rd

1908 - 1919
as photographer at 614 ½ n Broadway
1926 - 1928
as photographer at 406 ½ n Broadway
1930
Pittsburg, KS, city directory as photographer at 410 ½ n Broadway
1933
Pittsburg, KS, city directory as photographer, no business address
1937
dies at age 84, still a photographer

Although E. W. Smith travelled a lot he apparently never established a studio anywhere but Pittsburg, KS.

He moved at least three times. Since there is no studio address on this cabinet card, it could have been finished any time between 1880 and 1936 when he died.

The style of the card suggests 1890-1900.

All newspaper clippings are from the Pittsburg Daily Headlight.

31 Jan 1894

7 Feb 1894

February, March and April of 1894


5 Nov 1895

7 Nov 1895

29 Apr 1897

17 May 1900

18 Dec 1908


Oh dad, poor dad.
Photographer: E. Smith
Artistic Photographer

Not much information to start with on this one. It looks like there is only a middle initial and the last name, Smith. No location.

In photographers of the era, there was a John E. Smith and a Charles E. Smith and even an Elmer Smith and probably other possibilities.

Maybe another cabinet card from this photographer, without the corner missing, will turn up in LOST GALLERY and reveal at least a first name.



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.

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D

E

F

G

H

I

J

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U

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