Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Harper of Texas



Card #01 - Photographer: Harper
Corsicana, Bryan, Waxahachie,
Temple and Ennis


Card #02 - Photographer: Harper
Corsicana, Waxahachie, Calvert
Temple and Ennis

Harper or “Harper and Co.” could have been any one of several photographers.

Dating a photograph by Harper or “Harper and Co.” will be difficult if not impossible. There is also the possibility that “Harper” is not the same photographer as “Harper and Co.”

Since the cabinet cards vary in the imprinted information perhaps there might be a way to discover which designs were used when. But quite likely the variations only designate WHERE they were produced.

Here are some variations of imprints on cabinet cards discovered thus far:
Harper - Corsicana, Texas
Harper - Corsicana, Bryan, Waxahachie, Temple and Ennis
Harper - Corsicana, Waxahachie, Calvert, Temple and Ennis
Harper - Ennis, Texas
Harper Galleries in Corsicana, Bryan, Temple, Navasota, Waxahachie,
        Calvert, & Ennis, Texas
Harper and Co. - Waco, Texas
Harper and Co. - Galveston and Austin
Harper and Co. - Houston, Texas
Harper and Co. - 507 1/2 Main Street. Houston, TX
Harper G. Co. - Galveston, Houston, & Dallas
Harper and Wisdom, Marshall, Texas

Some of these are obviously the same studio. The cards labeled Corsicana, Bryan, Waxahachie, Temple and Ennis are probably all the same photographer, or at least the same business. The cards stamped Galveston, Austin, Marshal, Houston and Dallas might be just branch offices or perhaps another Harper entirely.




Card # 03 - Photographer: Harper & Co.
Waco, Texas
And here is
ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH
By Harper & Co. of Austin and Galveston


Card # 04 - Photographer: Lucius W Harper, Ennis, Texas
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same
Note the same props were used in # 05

This card was sent to LOST GALLERY by a contributor in Ennis, Texas who says the gentleman in the photograph is an (as yet) unknown member of the family.
This card also has an initial crest with the letters L. W. H.

Here are some additional possibilities from other sources:
William D. Harper Clarendon, TX. (Catching Shadows by David Haynes; Taming the Land, 1890’s)
Thomas J. Harper, Dallas, TX (husband/wife team US Census 1910)
William L. Harper of Ennis, Texas (Newspaper item, see below)
Emmet L. Harper of Ennis, Texas (US Census 1910)
Lucius William Harper, Senior and Junior, of Galveston and Dallas

The only common factors are they were all active in Texas, about the same time, 1880 - 1910.

Fort Worth (TX) Gazette - 16 Oct 1891

Houston (TX) Post - 23 May 1898




This is a set of cabinet cards from the site called Slices of Time. Each is by a photographer named Harper.
Click on the card to see full details of each.

Note these are very low resolution scans so they are not shown full size here. The design of the card and the towns listed in the imprint might help date some other cards.


Card # 05 - Photographer: ???per (Probably "Harper"),
Corsicana, Texas, No date estimate

Card # 06 - Photographer: Harper Galleries in Corsicana, Bryan, Temple, Navasota, Waxahachie, Calvert, & Ennis, Texas
Date estimate: circa 1890


Card # 07 - Photographer: Lucius W Harper, Ennis, Texas
No date estimate
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Card # 08 - Photographer: Lucius W Harper, Ennis, Texas
No date estimate
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Card # 09 - Photographer: Harper & Co., Galveston, Houston, & Dallas
(too blurry to read)
No date estimate


Card # 10 - Photographer: Harper & Co., Galveston, Houston, & Ennis, Texas
date calculation: May of 1900
(subject's DOB and age shown on card)

Card # 11 - Photographer: Harper, Ennis, Texas
No date estimate

Card # 12 - Photographer: Harper, Bryan/Ennis/Temple/Waxahachie, Texas
Date estimate circa 1895


Card # 13 - Photographer: Lucius W Harper, Ennis, Texas
No date estimate
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Card #14 - Photographer: T. J. Harper, Temple, Texas
No date estimate


Card # 15 - photographer: Harper, Ennis, TX
contributed by G Groth
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Until more is known about how many photographers are involved here, the research will concentrate on W L Harper and E L Harper. Both were living in Ennis, TX, during the cabinet card era. There is at least one record found so far that connects them to photography.

update 13 Oct 2018
There are some clues that suggest that the cards stamped "Harper" were done by either L W Harper or E L Harper. The cards stamped "Harper and Co" were done by T J Harper.

As more information is found on these photographers a separate page with biography and timeline will be developed on each.

More to follow

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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