Thursday, June 22, 2017

Photographers of the 19th Century - Christian Olaf Heilmann


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



Photographer: Christian Olaf Heilmann, Waco, TX
From the collection of rfinch on Ancestry.com.

Christian Olaf Heilmann
(19 Jul 1870 - 24 Jun 1919)

C O Heilmann was born in Norway and came to America in 1886 at age 16. His career in photography appears to be all in Waco, TX. All mentions of his studio that were found, placed it at 109 ½ s 5th in Waco. His active years were from about 1891 through 1919. He died of stomach cancer after a long illness in 1919.

Note also that his successors, Mr and Mrs Brubaker, did not change the name of the studio for over a year after his death. (See news item at far right)

Heilmann probably shouldn't be counted as a 19th century photographer as he worked as photographer only a few years before 1900. Further no examples have been found of a tintype, a cabinet card or a CDV, common with the 19th century photographer. He appears to have been on the cutting edge of "Modern" photographers.

This same ad ran at least 7 times between Oct 28 and Dec 23, 1910.

West Times (West Texas) - 28 Oct 1910

This brief ad ran several issues between in 1909.

The Skiff (TCU campus newspaper) - 21 Jan 1909

This announcement was at the bottom of page 6.

The Waco News - 17 Jul 1920


additional examples found at Portal To Texas History










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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