Monday, July 30, 2018

Harriet Drum

Photographer: Drum
This same chair appears twice on this page

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 in Longton, then Jackson , Kansas, and finally from 1910 on, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Harriet (Forrest) Drum was born
Oscar Drum was born
Lottie (Bastian) Drum was born
(US Census, City Directory) Oscar and mother Harriet work together as photographers
(US Census) Oscar and Lottie marry, with Harriet, all three work as photographers
(Ancestry) Oscar’s mother Harriet dies.
(US Census) Listed as Commercial Photographer at Drum Studio, wife Lottie as no occupation.

(US Census) as Photographer (last mention of photography)
1915 - 1927
no photograph activity found
1929 - 1933
Oscar shown as farmer only
Oscar at 75, no occupation found
(Find-a-Grave) Oscar dies.
(Find-a-Grave) Lottie dies.

There is no mention anywhere of Drum and a Railroad Photo Car as shown on the card to the right. The only clues that tie these two photographs together are, the comma after the name "Drum" and both photographs were found in Kansas.

The photograph on the left was probably done between 1888 and 1912.

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

Update 30 Jul 2018:
Further evidence that the Drum family used a photo car. The example at the right is imprinted Lamar, Colorado. Again, there is a comma after the name Drum.

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

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. 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?



    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!


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