Sunday, September 3, 2017

Charles Burton Estabrook

Photographer: Estabrook
711 Market Space
Washingto D. C.

Photographer: Estabrook
711 Market Space
Washingto D. C.

Photographer: Estabrook
711 Market Space
Washingto D. C.
Washington Bee - 7 Sep 1889

Washington Evening Star - 23 Mar 1895

Washington Times - 04 Aug 1896

The Washington Post - 30 Nov 1903

The Washington Post - 27 Jun 1905

Evening Times (Sayre, PA) - 5 Jul 1933

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Three examples from the 1227 Pennsylvania Avenue studio

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There were at least eight photographers named Estabrook working in the eastern US during the cabinet card era. One of them spent his entire photography career in Washington, DC, in primarily two locations, 711 Market Place and 1227 Pennsylvania Avenue. Fortunately, although the cards here do not include the photographer’s first name or initials, they do include his studio address, 711 Market Space and 1227 Pennsylvania.

C. B. Estabrook grew up in Athens, PA apparently. He married Stella, A. Smith in 1882 also in Athens. He was baptized in his church at age 27 still in Athens. There are no city directory listings available for Athens, PA.

The next document found is a listing for C. B. Estabrook in Washington, DC, as photographer at 711 Market space northwest. If he was in the photography business before then, there seems to be no record.

Charles Burton Estabrook
(16 Apr 1856 - 01 Jul 1933)

born in Athens, Bradford County, PA
1880 Jun 07
US census as farm labor in Tippecanoe, IN
marries Stella A. Smith
Washington (DC) city directory no listing
1885 & 1886
Bradford, PA, city directory no listing
1886 Nov - 1890 Nov
Washington (DC) Bee small ads for location 711 Market
Washington, DC, city directory as photographer at 711 Market
1895 Mar 23
Washington (DC) Evening Star small news item about move to 1227 Pennsylvania
1896 May - 1903 Apr
Washington (DC) Times four small ads at 1227 Penn. Washington

1900 Jun 14
US census as photographer at 1227 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC, as grocer at 1117 7th nw
1910 Apr 21
US census as grocer; res 731 Market
Washington, DC, city directory listing as grocer at 347 Market
1915 Nov
wife Stella dies in Athens, PA
Charles dies at age 77 in Towanda, Bradford, PA

The cabinet cards from 711 Market Space, Washington DC, would have been finished between November 1886 and March 1895. The cards imprinted 1227 Pennsylvania would have been finished between March 1895 and November 1903. He apparently gave up photography in 1903 to become a grocer and never returned to it.

Here is another example imprinted "Market Space".

Here is an example, face and reverse, imprinted “Market Space Studio” with no photographer credit. At this point, no documents have been found to show who the actual photographer was in this example. It could be speculated that when Charles Estabrook abruptly left the photograph studio business in 1904 that possibly someone else retained "Market Space" as the studio name for a period. The style of the card indicates 1900 or after.

Photographer: Market Space
805 Pennsylvania Av

Reverse of card on the left
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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.


  1. I have photographs from this studio, both Market St. and Pennsylvania Ave. Any way of identifying the people in the photos? Any records kept by these businesses?

  2. Thanks for the question. Yes, most of the photographers of that era kept records. They retained the negatives and even advertised they would do duplicates at any time. Some had thousands of negatives stored. The bad part is, for much of the era, the negatives were glass. Many were lost through breakage. And the studios were prone to devastating fires. It is doubtful that many records have survived.

    Most of the cabinet card format photographs are well over 100 years old. If they have no identification at all on them, the chance of finding a descendant who could supply names is pretty slim.
    One way to try to identify the subjects in these old photographs is to scan them and post them on Flickr or a blog site like this one or Cabinet Card Gallery or several others. Many photographs have been identified this way and have been returned to family historians who recognized ancestors just by browsing these sites.

    If you send good scans of your cards to the email address given in the profile they can be added to this page with a credit line to you as was done for rfinch.

    Thanks again.


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