Thursday, August 31, 2017

Joseph H Allen

Photographer: J. H. Allen
Russell, Kansas

On Reverse:
Clovis N. M.
June 24 - ???9
I found this picture of
you and your girl and
I know you want it
so this is why I am
sending it to you well
I (illegible) you have changed
some since I saw you
last you have growned
to be good looking
since I saw you last
please write me a perscription
on beauty finding and
maby some day I will
send you and Lizzie
one of my picture
Guess who

On front:
This speaks of the future
Ha Ha

It is quite possible that the Cabinet Card on the left is a copy of an earlier photograph. The detail is very soft. It is quite faded and damaged however, making assessment difficult.

Some census information was found on photographer Joseph H. Allen of Russell, Kansas. He was born in England in January of 1849 and immigrated to Connecticut in the US in 1866.

By the 1880 federal census he was living in Russell, Kansas, with wife Catharine Allen and two daughters, Ida and Alberta and one son, Henry C. Allen. The daughters are shown as being born in Connecticut in 1875 and 1877. Henry C. was born in Kansas in 1879. So the Allen family moved to Kansas sometime between 1877 and 1879. Joseph H. is listed as farmer in 1880.

Just five years later, the 1885 Kansas census shows J. H. Allen of Russell, Kansas, as widowed and living with only his two daughters, Ida and Alberta, now 7 and 9 years old. No mention of Henry C. Allen. Joseph H. Allen is now listed as photographer.

The Kansas state census of March 1915 has 66 year old Joseph H. Allen, without family, living alone. He is still listed as a photographer.

This cabinet card must have been finished after about 1880 and before about 1920. The style of the card would put early in that span, possibly 1890.

The photograph itself might be as much as ten years older, if it is indeed a copy of an earlier photograph.

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress.

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