Sunday, September 3, 2017

G F Gale

Photographer: G. F. Gale
Joliet & Aurora, Ill

Documentation was found to show George F. Gale to be a photographer from 1865 to 1898.
Unfortunately this appears to be incomplete. No biographical information has been found. After 1896 no positive connections have been made.
Birth according to Civil War Registration
Civil War registration lists him as artist at 20 years old
(Joliet, IL, city directory) listed as Gale and Curtis photographers
(Joliet, IL, city directory) as Gale Brothers with John G. Gale
1888 - 1895
(Joliet, IL, city directory) as photographer at Barber Building, 114-116 Chicago St.

(Joliet, IL, city directory) as photographer at Barber Building, residence Aurora, IL
(Joliet, IL, city directory) as photographer at Barber Building, residence same building

Aurora, IL, is mentioned only once, in the 1896 Joliet, IL, city directory listing. It would be safe to say that the cabinet card at the left was done around that year.

From the 1887 Joliet, IL, city directory

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 found some of his beautiful cabinet card images at an antique store in Montana. The card does say Joliet & Aurora, I'll. So that answers my question on dates! Thank you!

    1. Thanks for your kind words. Information is pretty thin on this one. Maybe something else will turn up eventually.


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