Thursday, June 27, 2019

George W Killion

Photographer: Killion
(Monogram says "G W K")
343 Collinsville Ave.
East St. Louis Ills.

There were two photographers in the cabinet card era with the name George Killion. One had a studio in East Saint Louis, IL. The other was George Killion who worked in New York and was apparently never in East Saint Louis.

The George Killion from East Saint Louis, IL, worked as photographer from about 1905 to 1920 apparently always at 343 Collinsville.

George W Killion
(1848 - 1923)

Time Line
1848 Feb
Washington IN, US census, George W Killion is born to Silas D Killion and Catherine Overshiner
1870 Apr 02
Jackson, IL, US census, Killion as farmer living with parents

1880 Jun 11
Ava, Jackson, IL, US census Killion as a barber
Saint Louis, MO, city directory Killion NOT listed
1848 Feb
Washington, IN, state records, US census, George W Killion is born to Silas Killion and Catherine Overshiner
US census of 1900, G W Killion marriage to Caroline B Kirkpatrick
East Saint Louis, MO, US census G W Killion as barber; res 343 Collinsville av
1905, 1906, 1907
East Saint Louis, IL, city directory, as photographer at 343 Collinsville av
1910 19 Apr
East Saint Louis, IL, US census as photographer at 343 Collinsville av
1920 Jan 05
East Saint Louis, IL, US census, as photographer at 343 Collinsville

1923 Jul 22
East Saint Louis, IL, state records, G W Killion dies at age 75

The records are very thin but based on the few documents found, George Killion was a barber from 1880 to 1900. Sometime between 1900 and 1906 he opened a photograph studio in his home at 343 Collinsville, IL.

All later records find him at the same address as a photographer until his death in 1923.

It is quite possible that he worked for other photographer studios before 1906, learning the trade, and even while he worked at this own studio in later years, but there are no records so far that substantiate this.

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. Laura LaurentiusJune 26, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Thanks for the incredibly informative site. It's a great help in giving a tentative time period to some of the unidentified old photos from my grandmother. I do have an alternate address for Killion, though. I have two photos from Killion's Art Studio that bear the address, 337 Collinsville Avenue, East St. Louis, Illinois.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. It is comments like yours that expand the aim of the blog which is to help date old photographs.

      Thanks for the additional address for Killion. The 337 address might be just two or three doors west of the 343 address where Killion kept his studio and barber shop from 1900 to 1920. Unfortunately I have been able to find few documents to illuminate the decade just before that.

      Also, I have often found that rather than a move or relocation, it might have been just a renumbering of the street addresses to accommodate new buildings added to the block. That was often necessary in growing communities around the turn of the century. That would mean your card, stamped with 337 Collinsville Avenue would be from just before the address became 343.

      In any case it would be difficult if not impossible to tell, as nearly all the buildings on the street have been torn down years ago. The few remaining are mostly vacant.

      If you wish I will add your example to the page and maybe it will assist others in dating their family photographs. Send a good scan or photograph of your card to the address found in the profile. (Link at the bottom of this page) Include the edges, don’t crop. Sometimes the edges can be a great help in dating a card. Avoid glare and shadows on the card when photographing if possible.

      I’m looking at Killion again now to see if there is anything I can add.

      Thanks again!


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