Saturday, July 8, 2017

19th Century Photographers - F R Barrows

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

from the collection of
rfinch on

Star Gallery was located at 16 w Berry st in Fort Wayne, IN, from about 1884 to about 1891. The cabinet card shown here was probably done then.

Frank Rufus Barrows
(1854 - 1920)

Frank Rufus Barrows is born in Sturgis, MI
Marriage to Abbie H. Johnson
US census Fort Wayne, IN, as photographer; res 132 Madison st
1884 May 10
Fort Wayne (IN) Daily News item from Felix Schanz about opening the Star Gallery
Fort Wayne, (IN) Daily News 26 small ads for Star Gallery, 16 w Berry st
1885 Jul 29
Fort Wayne, (IN) Daily News small item about artist Phillipe De Vaane visiting at Gallery, 16 w Berry st
1886 Oct - Dec
Fort Wayne (IN) Daily News 7 small ads for Star Gallery at 16 w Berry
1887 - 1889
Fort Wayne (IN) Daily News and Sentinel many small ads for Star Gallery at 16 w Berry
1889 Mar 01
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel news item Frank Barrows’ brother, Charles V Barrows marries Nellie Hollister

1890 Jan 28
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel news item about Charles Barrows, proprietor of Star Gallery (address not given)
1891 Aug 21, 27
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel and Fort Wayne (IN) Weekly Journal news item Star Gallery in Sturgis, MI, burns
Waterloo (IN) Press item says G J Parrot is takes over studio at Berry and Calhoun on 11 Sep
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory Barrows as photographer at 62-64 Calhoun and 21-23 w Berry
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette item mentions Barrows owns x-ray tube
1897 - 1899
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory as photographer at 23 w Berry
1898 Feb 20
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette item about Barrows studio at 23 Berry st, Fort Wayne, IN
US census Fort Wayne, IN, as photographer
1901 March
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel item says F R Barrows is leaving Ft Wayne; George Parrot is to take over gallery

1901 Mar 25
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel item says F R Barrows home at 11 Edgewater is for sale
1902 Aug 14
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette item says F R Barrows is now resident of Boston, MA
1902 -1904
Boston, MA, city directory as photographer at 1873 Dorchester av; res 2 Lombard
Indianapolis (IN) Journal item mentions F R Burroughs of Boston
1902 - 1904
Boston, MA, city directory as photographer at 1873 Dorchester
Boston, MA, city directory as photographer at 1330 Beacon
1909 Jul 19
Vicksburg (MI) American news item about photographers convention in New York, F R Barrows as president, article mentions he is from Boston.
1920 Jan 05
US census Eugene, OR, as no occupation living with daughter and her husband
1920 Jul 29
Eugene, Lane, OR, Frank Rufus Barrows dies at age 65

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The Star Gallery was a business owned and operated by Frank Rufus Barrows. There was a Star Gallery located in at least two cities, Fort Wayne, IN, and another about fifty miles north in Sturgis, MI. Barrows had several photographers operating in these studios over the years. His brother Charles Barrows worked in both studios at times and was operating the one in Sturgis when it burned down in August of 1891.

Star Gallery was located at 16 w Berry st in Fort Wayne, IN, from about 1884 to about 1891. The cabinet card shown here was probably done then.

Felix Schanz operated the Star Gallery in Fort Wayne from about May of 1884 to Oct of 1886 when there was apparently a rather acrimonious separation. Schanz then opened his own gallery at 60 Calhoun st in Fort Wayne.

In April of 1895, Miss Marguerite Hanns went to work for Barrows at the Fort Wayne

Between 1893 and 1898 Barrows operated galleries at 62 64 Calhoun and 21-23 Berry but the name “Star Gallery” seems to have been dropped from the advertising and news items.

Fort Wayne (IN) Daily Gazette -
10 May 1884

Fort Wayne Sentinel - 28 Oct 1886

Fort Wayne Sentinel - 20 Nov 1886

Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette -
24 May 1890

Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel - 21 Aug 1891

Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel - 20 Jul 1894

Waterloo (IN) Press - 09 Nov 1893

Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel - 27 Apr 1895

Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel 02 Mar 1901

Fort wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette -
02 Mar 1902

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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