Monday, April 15, 2019

Franklin George Abell




Photographer: Abell & Priest
Bancroft Building
723 Market Street
S F Cal

Typical city directory ad

Franklin George Abell
(1844 - 20 Jul 1910)

All data from US census and city directories

1844
born in Roscoe, Winnebago County, Illinois, on September 20
1857
family moves to Petaluma CA
1860
tries out working in the mining industry in eastern OR
1862
returns to California to pursue a career in photography
1863 Oct 01
marries Catherine Celissa Lauder
1863 - 1872
joins the gallery of William Shew to learn photography
1879 1882
opens own gallery 167-169 First Portland, OR
1884 - 1887
gallery operates as Abell and Son, 29 Washington, Portland, OR
1888
returns to San Francisco, CA, to open a gallery
1889 - 1891
returns to San Francisco, CA, where he and Charles F. Priest open gallery at 723 Market
1900
US census finds him back in Portland, OR
1905
marries second wife Viola Baker in Orange, CA
1906 - 1907
opens a new gallery at 724 Johnson in Portland, OR
1908 - 1910
moves gallery to 631 Provident, Tacoma, WA
1910
dies in Tacoma, WA, at age 64 and is buried in Portland, OR


Charles F. Priest
(6 Jun 1852 - 5 Mar 1916)

All data from San Francisco, CA, city directories and US census

1852
Priest born in Massachusetts
1870
now living in San Francisco, CA
1873 - 1874
as carpenter for stepfather William H. Smith; res 730 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
1875 - 1878
as carpenter for stepfather William H. Smith; res 1033 Howard, San Francisco, CA
1880
US census says working as carpenter, city directory says working as machinist; res 18 ½ Rausch, San Francisco, CA


1881
as brushmaker living at 18 ½ Rausch, San Francisco, CA
1882 - 1883
as brushmaker living at 323 Minna, San Francisco, CA
1885
Marries Frances C Lauder
1887
as carpenter again; res 427 9th, San Francisco, CA
1889 - 1891
as photographer with Franklin George Abell at 723 Market, top floor, San Francisco, CA
1896
as photographer at 723 Market but Abell is not mentioned
1897 - 1900
as photographer at 2518 Mission, San Francisco, CA
1901 - 1915
as photographer at 2532 Mission, San Francisco, CA
1916
Priest dies in San Francisco, CA, age 63

A very detailed review of Franklin George Abell's life is at Historic Photo Archive

This cabinet card must have been finished in that short time between 1889 and 1891 when Abell and Priest worked together in San Francisco, CA.



photographer Abell and Son
29 Washington St. Portland, OR
Example from auction site

reverse of card on the left

Photographer Abell and Sons
29 Washington Street,
Take the Elevator
example from auction site

Photographer Abell and Sons
29 Washington Street,
Take the Elevator
example from auction site


Photographer Abell and Sons
29 Washington Street,
Take the Elevator
example from auction site

photographer: Abell and Sons
29 Washington Street
example from Flickr member Suvari

The cards imprinted Abell and Son would have been finished between 1884 and 1887.
Update 13 Aug 2018





Photographer: Abell, Portland, OR
example from Ken on Flickr

photographer: Abell
Portland, OR
example from auction site


photographer: Abell
(No location imprinted)
example from RSSING.com, source unknown



photographer: Abell and Priest
723 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
example from auction site

reverse of card at the left


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