Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cabinet Card Photographers of the 19th Century -T-


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.



Three Young Women cabinet card
Photographer: Swan and Taylor
Lamar, Missouri

Charles R. Taylor
(Apr 1855- )

Charles R. Taylor, photographer, was found in the US census of 1900 and 1910, living in Lamar, MO. and in the 1880 US census as photographer living in Louisville, IL. There were no city directory listings.

No documents have been found about his partner Swan. There were four photographers named Swan about that time, in Vermont, Iowa, Maine and New York. No connections have been made.

Cabinet Card Sisters
Photographer: Edwin Taylor
1 High St
Sheffield
Parade Chambers

LOST GALLERY is researching only US photographers at this time. European photographers are a future project.



Photographer: E. A. Thatcher
Photographer: E. A. Thatcher
Tipton, Ind.

Eli A. Thatcher
(23 May 1862 -31 Jan 1895)

Eli A. Thatcher was a photographer from about 1880 to the spring of 1894. Although the name was found in the US Census of 1870 and 1880, nothing would connect the photographer to the entry. There were no city directories available for Tipton, Indiana.

He died at age 30. His Obituary was about all that was found that told his sad story.

There was some additional information in the obituary of his wife Retta (shown below) who died two years later.

Elwood Advocate - 01 Feb 1895



Photographer: E. A. Thatcher
Tipton, Ind.
Elwood Daily Record - 10 Jun 1897


Cabinet Card
Photographer: Thoms
134 and 136 Grand Avenue
Milwaukee, Wis.
Nothing on reverse

Note that photographer Thoms and J. Brown use the same address at 134 and 136 Grand Avenue, Milwaukee, Wi, but probably not at the same time.

And the studio is very close to Hugo Broich who was at 116-118 Spring (aka Grand) Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. All three were active between 1890-1900.

Only one photographer of the cabinet card era with the name Thoms was found. It was David Thoms of Milwaukee. WI.

Milwaukee, WI, and Grand Rapids, MI, are not far apart. In modern times only about four hours separates them.

Several listings in the Grand Rapids city directory were found for Thoms spanning 1887 to 1895. Then he appears in the Milwaukee directory for four years in a row 1896 to 1899 as photographer at 319 Third Street.

No listings have been found before 1887 or after 1900. Of course Thoms could have opened a studio in Milwaukee for a short duration anytime in his career. He may have even shared it with photographer J. Brown during his stay there from 1885 to 1888.

No biographical information has been found for Thoms.


David Thoms
( - )
All from city directory listings
1887-1889
as photographer at 126-128 Canal, Grand Rapids, MI
1890-1893
as photographer at 98 Monroe, Grand Rapids, MI
1894-1895
as photographer at 44 Canal, Grand Rapids, MI
1896-1899
as photographer at 319 3rd. Milwaukee, WI
1900
as photographer at 62 Canal, Grand Rapids, MI

Although nothing could be found that places Thoms at 134 and 136 Grand Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, as shown on this cabinet card, it can be assumed that it was probably not during the dates shown above. It would have to be either before or after this period unless he maintained two studios in two separate cities at the same time.


Cabinet Card couple
Photographer: Thompson
West Cherry Street
Nevada,
Missouri

There were several photographers named Thompson in the area of Nevada, MO, in the cabinet card era. None of them have been placed IN Nevada, MO.

The photographer on this cabinet card remains unknown.

Girl sitting at organ, Bonham Texas w
Photographer: Thompson
Bonham, Texas

Although there were several people named Thompson living in and around Bonham, TX, around the right time, none of them have been documented as photographer.


Cabinet Card portrait child and chair
Photographer: D. P. Thomson
1000&1002 Walnut St.
cor 10th St.
Kansas City, Mo.
Cabinet Card child and chair
Reverse of the cabinet card on the left

David Presley (or Presly) Thomason
(17 Sep 1849 - 28 Jan 1933)

1849
Birth in Ray County, Missouri
1871
Marriage to Sophia
1873
Establishes a studio at 610 Main in Kansas City, MO
1879-1881
as photographer at 610-12 Main, with William I. Williams
1882-1883
as photographer at 610 Main
1884-1885
as photographer Thomson and Co at 612 Main & 613 Delaware
1886-1891
as photographer Thomson and Co at 610 Main
1892
as photographer at 610 Main AND 1000-1002 Walnut
1900-1906
as photographer at 1000-1002 Walnut
1907-1928
as photographer at 1118 Walnut

1929-1933
as photographer with other photographers at 1000-1002 Walnut 3rd floor
1933
dies at age 83 in Kansas City, MO

The cabinet card here must have been done between 1892 and 1906 of after 1929.




Cabinet Card portrait of a woman
Cabinet Card portrait of a woman

This one is a little confusing: It seems to credit two photographers and has two identifications of the portrait.
Photographers (imprinted front and reverse)
W. G. & A. J. Thuss
Practical Photographers
No. 230 1/2 N. Cherry Street
McGavock Block
Nashville, Tennessee
and stamped on reverse:
F. E. Turner
Portraits and Frames
3043 Lake Park Ave.

Written on reverse:
Susie A Howard (Caligaiphy)
and in pen
Mrs P M Bell
1025 Ohio
Wichita Kansas

William Gustav Thuss
(1854-1943)
Andrew Joseph Thuss
(1866-1956)

The story of WG & AJ Thuss is well documented on the website CivicScope Your City Your Insite
in an article written by Dave Price.

There is also a brief accounting at Cabinet Card Gallery

The partnership of the brothers lasted from 1889 to 1917 outlining when this cabinet card was made.

The reason for the rubber stamp identifying F. E. Turner, Portraits and Frames, 3043 Lake Park Ave. is unknown. It may have been a photographer who sold old photographs and frames as a sideline.


cdv three women
Photographer: Hermann Tietz
Hamburg, Gr. Burstah 12-14
See
Forgotten Faces and Long Ago Places
for another example from this photographer

LOST GALLERY is researching only US photographers at this time. European photographers are a future project.

Herman Tietz has quite a history. Some can be seen here:
Forgotten Faces and Long Ago Places
and here:
Herman Tietz


cabinet
Photographer: J. B. Tooley
Easton, Kansas


John Blue Tooley
(02 May 1840 - 1914)

J. B. Tooley appears to have based his operations in Concordia, KS, for many years but travelled a lot to smaller towns in the area, staying in hotels for months at a time and then moving on.

The records show him as farmer in 1880 and then as “artist” in 1885, possibly indicating when he began his photography career. The following timeline may help to show where Tooley was working and help date cabinet cards that are imprinted with that town.

Timeline - All data from US census, newspaper blurbs and city directories
1840 May 02
born in Chariton, MO
1860 Aug 24
As farmer in Chariton, MO
1862
marriage to Susan Marian Henderson
1863 - 1875
birth of 5 children in Salt Springs, MO

1876
death of son in Silver Creek, MO
1880 Jun 18
US census as farmer in Silver Creek, MO
1881
birth of son in Silver Creek, MO
1885 Mar 01
Kansas census as artist in Lyndon, KS
1887 May 13
newspaper item in Concordia, KS
1888
death of daughter in Concordia, KS
1888 May 01
newspaper item as photographer in Concordia, KS
1889 May 24
newspaper item as photographer in Glasco, KS and Concordia, KS
1891 Mar 26
newspaper item as photographer in Concordia KS
1892 Apr 08
newspaper item as photographer in Concordia, KS
1895 Mar 01
Kansas Census as photographer in Concordia, KS

1896 Feb 25
newspaper item as photographer in Leavenworth, KS
1896 May 01
newspaper item as photographer in Potter, KS
1898 June 24
newspaper item as photographer in Teboo, KS (unknown town)
1900 Jun 05
US census as photographer in Rock Creek, KS
1901 Nov 04
newspaper item as photographer in Atchison, KS, moving that week to Potter, KS
1904
death of son in Center, KS
1910 Apr 15
US census as no occupation in Greenleaf, KS
1914
death in Greenleaf, KS at age 74

No clues turned up when Tooley was in Easton, KS. Easton is a very small community even today. He probably visited there during his stay in Leavenworth, KS, as it is very near by.


Maude Cabinet Card
Photographer
Townsend
West Liberty, Iowa

There seems to be at least three photographers named Townsend that might have done this cabinet card. The most probable is T. W. Townsend of Iowa City, IA. Iowa City is only about fifteen miles from West Liberty, IA. Photographers of the day were known to travel to nearby towns to find additional business.

Also the three were related: T. W. Townsend and his two sons Alva C. and Charles F. Townsend. To make it even more complicated, T. W. Townsend’s father James Townsend , who was living in Muscatine, IA, just a few miles east, was also a photographer.

According to the historical volume “Leading Events in Johnson County Iowa History, 1913 “, Timothy Wesley Townsend “was 20 years of age when he first engaged in the photographic business at West Liberty, Iowa. “ This would work out to be 1864.

The newspaper account at the far right, dated 24 Apr 1904, about C. F. Townsend, says that his father (T. W. Townsend) was located in Iowa City for 30 years. That would mean he was in Iowa City, IA, since 1874. The US Census places him there in 1870.

Timothy Wesley Townsend
(11 Apr 1844 - 01 Jul 1912)

1844 Apr 11
born in Frederick Grove, Kings County, Ohio
1864
establishes first studio in West Liberty, IA
1866
marriage to Sarah Emeline Coover in Muscatine, IA
1870 Aug 21
US census - as photo artist in Iowa City, IA

1872
son Alva Cooper Townsend born in Iowa City, IA
1874
son Charles Fremont Townsend born in Iowa City, IA
1874
newspaper item - establishes studio in Iowa City, IA
1880 Jun 05
US census - as photographer, Iowa City, IA
1900 Jun 04
US census - as photographer, Iowa City, IA
1905
Iowa State census in Iowa City, IA
1910 Apr 23
US census - as photographer, Des Moines, IA
1912 Jul 01
dies at age 68 (location unknown)

T. W. Townsend is the only one of the three that can be documented as being in West Liberty, IA. His son Alva moved to Lincoln, NE, about 1894. His son Charles moved to California and returned Muscatine, IA, and then to Des Moines, IA, in 1904.

So, in reality, any one of the other three, his father James, or either of his two sons, Alva or Charles, could have hopped the few miles over to West Liberty, IA, for a day or a week and accomplished a series of photographs.

The cabinet card here could have been done any time from about 1840 to 1910 by any one of the Townsends. In all likelihood however, considering the scalloped edges and the clarity of the photograph, it was probably done by T. W. Townsend, around 1890.

Des Moines Register - 24 Apr 1904


Cabinet Card two children
Photographer
Trader
Emporia, Kansas.
Cabinet Card small child
Photographer:
F. A. Trader
518 Commercial Street
Emporia, Kansas
Cabinet Card baby

Frederick Alonzo Trader
(7 Oct 1846 - 21 Nov 1922)

1846
Oct 1 born in Waukegan, IL
1860 Jun 12
US census F. A. Trader is now 14 and the family has moved to McGregor, IA
1870 Aug 8
US census as photographer, living at same rooming house as Katherine Dwight
1870 Dec 12
Illinois Marriage Index now married to Katherine D. Dwight
1880
US census as photographer in Brunswick, MO
1881-1884
sometime during this period Trader works in Topeka, KS
1885 Oct 8
Osage County (KS) Chronicle Trader news item purchases Fred Wheeler’s Gallery and has settled in Burlingame after working in Topeka.


1886 Apr 23
Marion Record news item Trader and wife settles in Marion, KS
1886 May 13
Neosho (MO) Vivifier news item Trader in Emporia, KS
1886 Jun 21
Osage County (KS) Chronicle news item mention of Trader’s Gallery now in Burlingame, KS
1887
Emporia, KS, city directory as photographer at 518 Commercial; res same
1888
Mar 01 Emporia (KS) Weekly News item about renovation of Trader Gallery at 518 Commercial in Emporia, KS
1893 Jun 25
Wichita (KS) Daily Eagle news item about Trader and wife staying at the Manhattan Hotel in Wichita, KS
1894 Feb 05
Wichita Beacon news item Trader robbed of diamond stick pin

1894
Wichita, KS, city directory as photographer; res 341 n Topeka (probably the studio address also)
1900
US census as photographer at Bates, MO, on 1st street
1914 Nov 12
(Death Certificate) wife Catherine D. dies in Kenton County, KY
1915 Sep 30
Osage County (KS) Chronicle Trader buys Wheeler Gallery in Burlingame, KS
1916 Apr 06
Osage County (KS) Chronicle news item Trader sells gallery in Burlingame, KS, to J L Lyn
1920
US census widowed, as operator of a news stand in Nevada, MO
1922
dies in Covington, KY as photographer

These two cabinet cards must have been finished around 1887 or 1888.

Osage County Chronicle - 08 Oct 1885

Osage County Chronicle - 08 Apr 1886

Osage County Chronicle - 07 Oct 1886

Wichita Beacon - 05 Feb 1894





Photographer:
G. W. Tromater
Springdale, Ark.

The timeline on the right shows that G. W. Tromater can be placed in Hot Springs, AR, between 1903 and 1908. More precise dates are unknown. The cabinet card shown here must have been finished around 1905.

George Washington Tromater
(32 Dec 1863 - 17 Nov 1933)

Data from US census, city directories and draft card.
1863
born in Indiana
1892
married to Dora Merrill in Springdale, AR
1893
birth of son Luther in Tennessee
1896
birth of son Raymond in Springdale, AR
1900
as photographer in Springdale, AR
1903
NOT in Hot Springs, AR, directory
1905
as photographer in Hot Springs, AR
1908
NOT in Hot Springs. AR, city directory
1909
wife Dora dies in Benona, MI
1918
Sep 12 (from son Albert’s draft card) now living in Prescott, AR
1921-1928
as photographer w Hinkley Studio in Lakeland, FL
1933
death at age 70 in Lakeland, FL

Cabinet Card baby in christening gown
Photographer:
True/Arisotype
Mexico, Mo.

Paul Ernest True
(27 Sep 1862 -12 Apr 1939)

1862
born in Renick, Missouri
1880
US Census living Rennick, MO, working as blacksmith. Age 18
1887 Jun 01
married to Jeannette Hunter in Moberly, MO
1899
NOT in St. Louis, MO, city directory
1900
US census - living in St. Louis., MO, “declined to fill in blanks”
1901
NOT in St. Louis, MO, city directory
1905
New York state census - in Manhattan, NY, as bookkeeper
1910
Apr 19 US census - in Manhattan, NY, as photographer
1939
dies at age 76 in Manhattan, NY

It appears Paul True worked as photographer for only a short time in Missouri. This cabinet card must have been finished sometime around 1887 to 1900. He apparently moved to New York shortly after 1900 and never returned to Missouri


Cabinet Card woman
Photographer: Tull
Kirksville, MO

George W. Tull
(5 May 1850 - 28 Feb 1934)

Research on G. W. Tull of Kirksville, MO, was somewhat hindered by a better-known Texan by the name of George Washington Tull, who fought in the civil war. Also it appears there was a G.W. Tull, an organist and a building contractor, both in Missouri.

John H. Morris operated Kirksville’s first photo studio from about 1862 to about 1882 when he sold out to his brother in law G. W. Tull. Tull took training as an osteopath about 1893 and never returned to photography.

1850
born in Hardin County, KY
1860
US census family in Walnut Creek, MO age 10
1862
J. H. Morris (G. W. Tull’s future father-in-law) begins photography business in Kirksville, MO
1870
US census as photographer living with sister Frances and her husband in Kirksville, MO. He is probably working at the Morris Studio

1878
La Plata (MO) Home Press item shows Tull is still working for Morris
1879-1880
It is about this time that Tull takes over the studio and begins operation as his own
1880
US census as photographer living with sister and husband in Kirksville, MO
1881 Sep 7
Marriage to Willa O. Robinson in Frederick, VA
1883 Nov 23
item in Kirksville (MO) Weekly Graphic about photo studio
1885 Mar 6
item in Kirksville (MO) Weekly Graphic about photo studio
1891 Dec 4
ad in Kirksville (MO) Weekly Graphic as photographer
1891 Dec 25
ad in Kirksville (MO) Weekly Graphic as photographer
1892 Aug 5
ad in Kirksville (MO) Weekly Graphic as photographer
1894 Jun 17
item in Kirksville (MO) Weekly Graphic as Osteopathic student

1896
Decatur (IL) item in Decatur, IL, Herald article describes osteopathy
1900
US census as osteopathic physician in Indianapolis
(Same year of birth, same wife name, same child name as the photographer)
1910
US census as osteopathic physician in Indianapolis
1920
US census as osteopathic physician in Indianapolis
1930
US census as osteopathic physician in Indianapolis
1934 Feb 28
dies in Indianapolis IN, at age 83

This cabinet card must have been finished in that brief period when Tull actually ran a studio on his own, between 1890 and 1893.


La Plata Home Press - 5 Oct 1878

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 9 Sep 1881

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 23 Nov 1883

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 7 Dec 1883

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 6 Mar 1885


Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 6 Nov 1885

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 4 Dec 1891

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 1 Jul 1892

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 12 Feb 1892

Kirksville Weekly Graphic - 17 Aug 1894

Decatur Herald Sun - 1 Mar 1896




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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