Sunday, June 25, 2017

19th Century Photographers - Jesse Orville Johnson


This is a special page for three cabinet cards by a very interesting photographer from the collection of rfinch on Ancestry.com



from the collection of
rfinch on Ancestry.com

from the collection of
rfinch on Ancestry.com

from the collection of
rfinch on Ancestry.com

Jesse Orville Johnson
(1833-1915)

Timeline
1833 Jul 18
Hancock, NH, J Orville Johnson is born
1857 Feb 27
Evening Star (DC) item Johnson Gallery at 809 Pennsylvania; res 447 M st nw
1860 Jul 11
US census Essex MA as House of Correction as “Dague Artist” for “Passing Counterfeit Money”
1862
cabinet card information “Established 1862” 467 & 469 Pennsylvania
1863
Civil War registration as Artist
1864 Nov 07
Evening Star newspaper Washington DC marriage to Emma Amanda Austen
1869 Jan 11
Washington DC birth of son Frank Elmer Johnson
1870 Aug 10
US census Washington DC as photographer; brother Frank at same address

Continued on next row

1872 Nov 03
Washington DC birth of daughter Ella Mae Johnson
1875 Feb 27
Washington DC Evening Star classified ad shows residence as 447 M street nw
1878
Washington DC city directory as photographer at 809 Market Space nw
1880
US census Washington DC as photographer at 809 Market Space nw; brother Frank at same address
1900
US census Washington DC as photographer at 469 Pennsylvania ave
1910
US census Washington DC as proprietor of studio at 467 Pennsylvania ave
1915 Mar 11
J Orville Johnson dies in Washington DC

The US census for 1870 and 1880 show Orville and his brother Frank living at the same address. During this period was probably when the operated as “Johnson Brothers” gallery. The cabinet cards here were probably done after this when Orville appears to be operating alone at 467-469 Pennsylvania ave.

News Journal - 12 Nov 1896


National Republican - 2 Dec 1874

Evening Star - 27 Feb 1875


News Journal - 12 Nov 1896


Washington Times - 12 Mar 1915








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.


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)

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There are now more than 8,000 photographs in the Lost Gallery.
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