The Washington Post - 27 Jun 1905
Evening Times (Sayre, PA) - 5 Jul 1933
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
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.