Saturday, June 24, 2017

Photographers of the 19th Century - George Edmondson Hutchison

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

Photographer: Hutchison, Lincoln, Kansas
from the collection of
rfinch on

George Edmonson Hutchison
(1865 - 1949)

1865 Mar 21
G E Hutchison is born in Gentry, MO
Hutchison marries Sarah Elizabeth Young
1890 Apr 2
daughter Margeretta Hutchison is born in Lincoln, KS
1895 Mar 01
Kansas census Lincoln, KS, as “photo”
1900 Jun 07
US census Lincoln, KS, as photographer
1910 Apr 26
US census Lincoln, KS, as county register of deeds
1920 Mar 01
US census Lincoln, KS as abstractor
1930 Apr 11
US census Lincoln, KS as abstractor
1940 Apr 09
US census Lincoln, KS as abstractor
1949 May 12
G E Hutchison dies age 84 in Lincoln County, KS

There are no Lincoln, KS, city directories available so the timeline is a bit sketchy. It shows that G E Hutchison was in Lincoln, KS, from about 1890 until his death in 1949. Photography is mentioned only twice, 1895 and 1900. By 1910 it looks as if he has retired from photography and never returns.

The following two items clear things up a bit. These are from GenWeb: Photography Studios in Lincoln County
transcribed from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, March 14, 1935
HEAD: Photo Gallery Here Since '88 Will Be Abandoned April 1
“G.W. Phegley, photographer in Lincoln the past 24 years, is planning to move his studio from its present quarters over the Model Cash Grocery to the building now occupied by the Allen Plumbing company. Mr. Phegley purchased the plumbing building some time ago and plans to make it into one of the finest photograph studios in central Kansas. It will make him an ideal location, easily accessible and with splendid natural light.

The rooms being vacated by Mr. Phegley have been used as a photograph studio since 1888, when the first "gallery" was opened in Lincoln by G.E. Hutchison, now bonded abstractor. For 19 years, Mr. Hutchison was busy taking pictures of Lincoln residents, For in those days it was considered the proper procedure to have a picture made of the flowers banked against the casket.
After 19 years in the business, Mr. Hutchison was nominated and elected to the county office of Register of Deeds and sold his photograph equipment and supplies to James Shipley.”

Continued in next row

And this:
“George Hutchison opened a studio in Lincoln in 1888, immediately after his marriage, and remained in the photography business until 1906, when he was elected Register of Deeds. He worked at a variety of professions after his term expired but apparently never returned to photography. He died in 1949.”

So, in summary, G E Hutchison was in Lincoln, KS, from about 1888 until his death in 1949. Photography is mentioned only two actual records, 1895 and 1900. By 1906 it looks as if he has retired from photography and never returns

The Kansas newspapers have lots of items about George Hutchison, unfortunately there was at least three men by that name in Kansas around the last half of the 19th century. Besides our photographer, there was another in politics and another was a petit criminal, so they made the papers often.

Following are two minor items that are fairly certain to be about the photographer Hutchison.

Salina Journal - 17 Apr 1919

Salina Journal - 04 Mar 1921

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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