Thursday, September 7, 2017

Adolph A Rapp


Photographer: A. Rapp
Glasgow, KY

photographer: Adolph Rapp
photographer
crayon artist
Glasgow, KY

Adolph A Rapp was born in Germany, 28 Apr 1849, arriving in the US with his family at about age 6. He is found in the 1860 US census at age 11 in Louisville, KY, then in the 1870 US census at 21, in Virginia City, NV, as a laborer.

Ten years later, 1880, the US census shows him as confectioner on Main st, Glasgow KY. The first document found showing him as photographer is the US census for 1900.

Ten years later, 1880, the US census shows him as confectioner on Main st, Glasgow KY. The first document found showing him as photographer is the US census for 1900.

So sometime in the 20 years between 1880 and 1900, he switched from candy maker to photographer. Indeed, the book, South Central Kentucky: Adair, Barren, Green, Hart, and Taylor Counties, says “before opening his studio, Rapp operated several businesses, including a restaurant and a bakery.

The 1910 US census shows him as “Artist”. Photographers were often titled “Artist” in those days, but Rapp was also a fine arts painter and left behind numerous paintings and sketches.

In 1920 at age 70, the US census still lists him as photographer

In 1921, November 04, Adolph Rapp dies from a strangulated inguinal hernia, at age 72, in Glasgow, KY.

So Adolph Rapp was photographer between about 1900 and 1920. He produced a large volume of photographs and many still exist today.

The dark card stock was popular around 1889-1900 and the lighter colors were more often used in the years before 1880.

Remembering always, that photographers often used up old stock, years after they were popular.

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. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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