Friday, March 8, 2019

Oscar Drum




Photographer: Drum
This same chair appears twice on this page

Harriet Drum
---(1842-1904)
Oscar Drum
---(1860-1936)
Lottie Drum
---(1864-1946)

Harriet Drum and her son Oscar and his wife Lottie were all photographers. They all worked together at one point and after Harriet died, Oscar and Lottie carried on the business. They worked the area of southern Kansas and some of Oklahoma Indian Territory, and later Oklahoma State. Oscar Drum operated a railroad car studio between about 1900 and 1903, possibly as late as 1905.

1842

Ancestry tree, Harriet (Forrest) Drum was born
1860 Sep
Illinois, FindAGrave, Oscar Drum was born
1864
Pensylvania, FindAGrave, Charlotte “Lottie” (Bastian) Drum was born
1880 Jun 10
Fairfax Township, KS, US census, Harriet, husband Henry and son Oscar are working on a farm
1885 March 01
Longton, KS, Kansas state census, Harriet and Oscar as photographers

1888
Longton, KS, city directory, Harriet and Oscar as photographers; Henry not listed (This and 1962 are the only city directories available for this city.)
1888 Nov 23
Longton (KS) Gleaner small ad for Drum and Son to remain in town only two weeks, in the old Photo gallery, 1st door north of Zellars (This would be Harriet Drum and son Oscar)
1890 Apr 18
Neodesha (KS) Register news item says Oscar Drum has taken pictures there Sunday
1890 May 30
Neodesha (KS) Register says Oscar Drum and Fred Strebel went to Salt Lake City , UT, to do pictures of Mormons
1891
US Census of 1900 says Oscar and Lottie marry
1891 Apr 03
Longton (KS) Signal news item says Oscar Drum was in Gernola, KS, and is not going to Neodesha, KS
1893 Apr 07
Longton, (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum is moving his photo tent to the Indian Territory
1894 Apr 05
The Citizen (Howard, KS) news item says Oscar Drum is now located in Neodesha, KS, “the center of the new oil region”

1894 Jul 20
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum and wife are going to Osage country for photographs
1894 Aug 17
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum and wife have returned from the Indian country
1894 Nov 16. Nov 23
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item mentions Oscar Drum is now located in Pawjuska, I T (It is interesting to note that the Hutchings Railroad Photo Car is at Moline, KS, as advertised in the same newspapers)
1895 Feb 22, Apr 16
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum is still located in Pawhuska, I T
1895 Nov 08
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum and wife plan to stay in Longton for the winter
1896 Jan 24
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum has been in Moline (KS) for the past two weeks and is now in Longton, KS
1896 Apr 03, Apr 10
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum will be in Longton, KS, on Apr 08 for a few weeks before returning to Indian Territory


1896 Jun 26
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum and wife left for Bartlesville, Indian Territory, where they will stay a few months
1896 Oct 30
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum will be working in the Bone gallery a day or two each week
1896 Dec 11
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum will be moving to Howard, KS
1897 Jan 06, Jan 29
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum is still working in Howard, KS
1897 Nov 26
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum and wife have been in Colorado the past year
1897 Dec 24
Howard (KS) Courant news item says Oscar Drum is to open a gallery again in that city
1898
Ancestry site, Longton, KS, Oscar’s father dies
1898 Apr 01
Howard (KS) Courant news item says Oscar Drum is now at Neodesha, KS
1898 Aug 26
Howard (KS) Courant news item says Oscar Drum is now at Moberly, MO
1898 Oct 07
Longton (KS) News news item says C Barbour, Jr, will go to work for Oscar Drum in Norton, MO

1899 Jan 13
Kansas City (KS) Gazette news item says Oscar Drum, travelling photographer was arrested for working without a city license
1900 May 18
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum is not in Neosho Falls, KS
1900 Jun 05
Jackson, KS, US census Oscar, Lottie and Harriet as photographers
1900 Jul 06, Jul 20
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum is now at Strong City, KS, with his railroad car (Earliest mention of rail car)
1901 Mar 29
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar drum is in Longton from Apr 06 to Apr 16
1901 Oct 25, Nov 01
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar and wife have the railroad car in Peabody, KS
1902 Jan 31, Feb 07, Mar 21
Longton (KS) News item says Oscar Drum is now in El Reno, OK
1902 Oct 10
Longview (KS) News item says Oscar Drum is now in Shawnee, OK
1902 Oct 31
Longton (KS) News item says Oscar Drum is now in Edmond, OK
1903 Mar 20, May 29
Longton (KS) News item says Oscar Drum photo car is now in Chandler, OK

1903 Jun 19, Jul 24
Longton (KS) News item says Oscar Drum photo car is now in Stroud, OK
1903 Jul 31
Longton (KS) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum is working in a tent in Longton, KS
1903 Oct 16, Nov 27, Dec 04
Howard (KS) Courant news item says Oscar Drum photo car is now at Sapulpa, I T (Note, this is the last mention found of the Drum photo car)
1904
Ancestry website, Oscar’s mother Harriet dies.
1905 Oct 20
Longton (KA) Gleaner news item says Oscar Drum is in Bartlesville, I T
1905 Dec 29
Longton (KS) News item says Oscar Drum has sold the business in Bartlesville, I T, and is building a home in Longton, KS
1908 Sep 04
Howard (KS) Courant news item says Oscar Drum has sold his gallery in Howard, KS, to Mrs Chas Childress
1910 Apr 22
Bartlesville, KS, US census, city directory Oscar listed as Commercial Photographer at Drum Studio, wife Lottie as no occupation; earliest city directory available
1910 Aug 12
Longton (KS) News item says Oscar Drum and wife are now in Bartlesville, OK

1910 Dec 15
Howard (KA) Courant news item says Oscar Drum is recovering from injuries in an automobile accident near Sedan, KS; mentions Drum is NOT operating a gallery in Howard, KS
1912
Bartlesville, OK, city directory Oscar is partnered with F. N. Griggs, Drum and Griggs, studio at 24 Masonic building; res 521 Jennings
1920
Bartlesville, OK, US Census Oscar and Lottie as photographers; 521 Jennings; (last mention of photography)
1925, 1927
Bartlesville, OK, city directory, Oscar with no occupation shown; res 521 Jennings
1929 - 1933
Bartlesville, OK, city directory, Oscar shown as farmer only; res 521 Jennings
1935
Bartlesville, OK, city directory, Oscar at 75, no occupation shown
1936
Bartlesville, OK, Find-a-Grave Oscar dies at age 76
1946
Find-a-Grave, Lottie dies at age 76

The photograph on the top left has no location shown on the card. It could have been finished any time between 1888 and about 1912.


Longton (KS) Gleaner - 23 Nov 1888

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 23 Nov 1888

Neodesha (KS) Register - 18 Apr 1888

Neodesha (KS) Register - 30 May 1890

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 03 Apr 1891

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 07 Aug 1893

Howard (KS) Citizen - 05 Apr 1894

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 20 Jul 1894

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 17 Aug 1894

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 16 Nov 1894

Howard (KS) Courant - 23 Nov 1894

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 19 Apr 1895

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 08 Nov 1895

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 24 Jan 1896

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 03 APr 1896

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 26 Jun 1896

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 11 Dec 1896

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 08 Jan 1897


Howard (KS) Courant - 29 Jan 1897

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 26 Nov 1897

Howard (KS) Courant - 24 Dec 1897

Howard (KS) Courant - 01 Apr 1898

Howard (KS) Courant - 26 Aug 1898

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 07 Oct 1898

Kansas City (KS) Gazette - 13 Jan 1899

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 18 May 1900

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 06 Jul 1900

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 29 Mar 1901

Longton (KS) News - 25 Oct 1901

Howard (KS) Courant - 7 Feb 1902

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 21 Mar 1902


Longton (KS) News - 31 Oct 1902

Longton (KS) News - Mar 20 1903

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 03 Apr 1903

Longton (KS) News - 19 Jun 1903


Longton (KS) Gleaner - 31 Jul 1903

Howard (KS) Courant - 16 Oct 1903

Howard (KS) Courant - 29 Jul 1904

Longton (KS) News - 29 Dec 1905

Howard (KS) Courant - 04 Sep 1908

Howard (KS) Courant - 15 Dec 1910

Sedan (KS) Times Star - 22 Dec 1910

Longton (KS) Gleaner - 31 may 1912




Photographer: Drum,
Rail Road Photo Car
This same chair appears
four more times on this page


example contributed by S Tennant

example contributed by S Tennant

Update 30 Jul 2018:
Further evidence that the Drum family used a photo car. The example below is imprinted Lamar, Colorado. Newspaper items say that Drum and wife visited Colorado in 1897 and Drum toured Western Kansas and Colorado late in 1912.


example from auction site

Update 24 Aug 2018:
Following are some examples from the personal collection of S Tennant.


photographer Drum
example contributed by S Tennant

photographer Drum
example contributed by S Tennant

All of the following from the collection of S Tennant















From contributor S Patterson

lower right corner
enlargement of Blind Stamp showing photographer name

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.

4 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I had purchased an old photo album at an auction years ago. As I was cleaning out my attic I ran across this album and it has several Drum photographs. They have the Drum, (with a comma) in the left of the photo and Rail Road, Photo Car on the right side bottom of the photo. Is there anyone that you know of that collects these old photos? I also have a few that are marked with the names of Martin, Ford and H. Ford. Do you know about what time period that these were taken?

    Thanks,

    Sandra

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    1. Thanks for your note and kind offer Sandra.

      Your old photographs sound interesting. I would love to see them. All three of the photographers you mention have been reviewed for these pages. I have only a sketchy bio on the Drum photographers and I could find nothing at all on H. Ford. William H “Doc” Martin however was quite a well-documented personality.

      The Cabinet Card Photographer blog is based mainly on the 500 or so cards in my own collection. I set out originally to present biographies and timelines to help people date their own cabinet cards from the information, name and location, on the card. Recently I have been adding contributions from helpful readers such as you.

      Send an email to phase65 at yahoo dot com we can decide how to handle your contributions.

      Thanks again!
      Anyjazz

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  2. I have a Drum photograph taken at what I believe to be the Wolverine Oil Company Camp (now Wolco, OK) after 1905. The photographer's mark is similar to the mark on the first photograph in the series shown above but without a comma and a bit more ornate. "Bartlesville, Ind. Ter." is inscribed below the mark. I not sure this indicates that the photograph was taken before statehood in 1907 since the photographer could have had old stock that was being used up. I assume this photograph was taken by Oscar or Lottie Drum. Does this additional information help fill out your bio on the Drum photographers? Is there any way to confirm the date and location of this photograph? I can send a photo of the mark if that would be of assistance.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Oscar Drum worked from a rail car at least for part of his career. Itinerant photographers appear to have had small, hand operated stamps or presses, in order to imprint cards with the name of the town where they were operating. Obviously they wouldn’t need to print their stock until needed. So, using up old imprinted stock is then a less likely situation. Also, in many of the examples on this page you see that they have omitted the location from the imprint, making them universal for any location.

      The Drum page is being re-worked with some additional information and examples. Check back in a couple days. I would be happy to include your example. If you can, send a good scan or clear photograph of your card to the email address found in the profile linked at the bottom of this page. Include the edges, no cropping, as the edges often tell something of the age of the card. Thanks again!

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