Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Photographers of the 19th Century - Henry George Fetter


This is a special page for a CDV and a tintype by a very interesting photographer from the collection of rfinch on Ancestry.com


Henry George Fetter


Photographer: Fetter - Peru, IN
From the collection of rfinch on Ancestry.com.


From Portal To Texas History

Photographer: Fetter - Peru, IN
From the collection of rfinch on Ancestry.com.


From Portal To Texas History

Henry George Fetter
(1828 - 1914)

Sources US census, city directories, registration certificates, Miami County biographical sketches http://genealogytrails.com/ind/miami/bios.htm

Searches often turn up Harry Fetter and even Harvey G. Fetter of Peru, IN, but it is believed that Henry Fetter is the correct name.

1828 Nov 12
Indiana death certificate, born in Carlisle, PA
1844
bio sketch, moves to Danville, PA works as printer until 1848
1849 -1852
bio sketch, works as photographer in West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana
1853
bio sketch, settles in Peru, IN
1858
county registration marries Ellen Cole in Peru, IN
1860
US census as Ambrotypist in Peru, IN
1861 Mar 19
County registry and bio sketch, appointed postmaster of Peru, IN
1864
Miami county directory, as photographer and postmaster
1867
bio sketch, moves to Logansport, IN, and runs gallery for about 10 years
1870
US census as photographer in Logansport, IN

Except for a trip to California in his 70’s, Henry Fetter spent his entire career in Peru, Miami County, IN. No city directories are available for Peru, IN, so his studio location or locations are unknown. This cabinet card must have been finished between 1860 and when he apparently retired from photography sometime before 1900. The style of the cdv mount would indicate 1880 or after.

This CDV and tintype are not in the LOST GALLERY collection. The biography and timeline are added here for informational purposes only.


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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