Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Photographers of the 19th Century - Mrs R. M. Brown

This is a special page for a cabinet card by a very interesting photographer from the collection of
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Photographer: Brown
Belleville, Kansas
From the collection of
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The Belleville (KS) Telegram carries several items about Dr Brown and Mrs R M Brown documenting their stay in that town in 1897 to 1899.

One item, 17 Jun 1897, mentions Dr and Mrs Brown and daughter proposing to locate in Belleville, KS, from Alma, NE.

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 17 Sep 1897

The following month, there was this very descriptive item in the same newspaper.

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 08 Oct 1897

In December there is this descriptive item in a feature about new businesses in Belleview.

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 10 Dec 1897

Following this, over 70 small ads and items were found in the Belleville (KS) Telescope between the dates of 08 Oct 1897 and 19 May 1899. Examples:

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 10 Dec 1897

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 17 Dec 1897

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 04 Feb 1898

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 18 Feb 1898

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 15 Apr 1898

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 06 May 1898

Continued in the next row

In 1999 this item appeared:

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 21 Apr 1899

On 02 Jun 1899, there appears a short item in the Belleville (KS) Telegram which seems to indicate that Jun 23 and 24 will be customer’s last chance to pick up their orders.

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 22 Jun 1899

Unfortunately nothing has been found so far that documents their travels before or after their stay in Belleville, KS.

Further leads have been inconclusive owing to the fact that there were at least three doctors named Brown in the area. Though there are mentions in area newspapers of the activities of Dr Brown, there is nothing to indicate that it is the same Dr Brown that resided in Belleville, KS, in 1897 to 1899.

It is also unclear whether the initials "R M" belong to Mrs Brown or her husband. Some ads end with “Mrs R M Brown” and others with “R M Brown”

It is fairly conclusive however that the cabinet card here was finished between Oct of 1897 and June of 1899.

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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