Thursday, June 29, 2017

19th Century Photographers - Moore and Morris

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Millard Filmore Kelly (Jul 1851 - 13 Jan 1911)
William Wilson Morris (7 Jul 1845 - 14 Jun 1911)

It is a possibility that M F Kelly and Wilson Morris worked together very briefly in 1880 under the name “Moore and Morris” but there is very little documentation to support it.

On 2 Jun 1880 Wilson Morris, artist, is listed with wife Clementine, artist, and son Elmore, age 7 years, in Lake, Ashland, OH, living with his parents.

Then on 29 Jun 1880 Wilson Morris, photographer is listed with wife Celentine, keeping house, (no son Elmore shown) now living next door to M E Kelly in Peru, IN.

It’s about 200 miles between the two cities.

It should be noted too that Moore was the maiden name of Morris’s first wife. Ella Moore died five months after the birth of son Elmore in 1872. In the 1910 census and again on his 1917 draft card, Elmore Morris renames himself Elmoore Morris.
It is rare to be counted twice in a US federal census but not impossible. It’s not the first photographer in LOST GALLERY to be found twice in the same census. In 1930 I A Byarlay was counted at home and then again in his studio in the same city, about three weeks later.

There were no city directories in either Peru or Lake and no area newspaper records are available for that period, limiting further documentation.

Did Millard Fillmore Kelly use the name Moore, a derivation of his middle name? Or was it a salute to Wilson Morris’s first wife? A search for a photographer named Moore in the area turned up nothing, so this is the best scenario for now.

By 1889, Kelly was living in Pierce, WA. By 1885, Morris was back in Lake, OH.

So for now, until more documentation is found, it appears that Millard Fillmore Kelly and W Wilson Morris might have teamed up in late June of 1880 as “Moore and Morris” to do this CDV.

The following timeline shows much more information found on Kelly than on Morris
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Timeline combined for:
Millard Filmore Kelly (Jul 1851 - 13 Jan 1911)
William Wilson Morris (7 Jul 1845 - 14 Jun 1911)

(Note: names are spelled here as they are on the documents outlined.)
1845 Jul 07
William Wilson Morris as born in Lake, OH
1851 Jul
Millard Filmore Kelly
1872 Jul 16
W W Morris marries Ella Moore in Fulton County, IN
1873 Mar 26
W W Morris’s son Elmore Morris born in Fulton, IN
1873 Aug 31
W W Morris’s wife Ella Moore dies in Fulton, IN
1874 Jan 08
W W Morris marries Clemintine D Parker
1875 Jul 07
M F Kelly marries Luella Atcheson in Wabash, IN
1878 Aug 24
M F Kelly’s son Henry Claude Kelly is born
1880 Jun 02
US census Lake, OH, W W Morris as artist; wife Clementine also listed as artist; son Elmore, Age 7 is listed also
1880 Jun 29
US census Peru, IN, W W Morris as photographer; wife Celentine listed as keeping house; son Elmore is NOT listed

1880 Jun 29
US census Peru, IN, M E Kelly as photographer; wife Ella Kelly as keeping house
1885 May
W W Morris’s Son Arthur A Morris is born in Lake, OH
1889 Apr 01
Washington State territorial census Pierce, WA, M F Kelly as artist; wife Luella and son Claude listed
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly as photographer at 1111 s “E”; res 1416 Tacoma av
1891 & 1892
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly as photographer at 1111 s “E”; res 1414 Tacoma av
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly as photographer at 1516 Jefferson; res 141 s Tacoma (probably a misprint)
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly as photographer; res 1414 s Tacoma av
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly as photographer at 714 s “L”
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly business not listed; res 714 s “L”
1900 Jun 05
US census M F Kelly (Kelley) as photographer; wife Lou, son H Claude; res 714 s “L”
1900 Jun 13
US census W W Morris as dealer in musical merchandise
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly as photographer at 714 s “L”
Tacoma, WA, city directory M F Kelly as “helper” at PSD&M; res 714 s “L” (PSD&M is unknown)
1910 May 02
US census W W Morris as "own income" while son Arthur is a "commercial trader" for pianos; Morris's son Elmore renames himself Elmoore Morris
1911 Jan 13
M F Kelly dies (suicide) in Yakima, WA, is buried in Tacoma, WA
1911 Jun 14
W W Morris dies in Loudonville, OH

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.

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