Sunday, April 12, 2020

Henry Carlton Wilber

Henry Carlton Wilber
(13 Dec 1854 - 11 Jan 1921)

1854 Dec 13
born in Newbury, OH
US census as no occupation shown at Noble, IN
US census as farm laborer at Burton, OH
US census as no occupation given at Chardon, OH
US census as hardware salesman at Chardon, OH
US census as deputy sheriff, Chardon, OH
1921 Jan 11
death at age 66 in Chardon, OH

There are no city directories available for these small towns in northern Ohio so about the only records found for Wilber were five US census reports. So far, there is no mention in any document found, of him being a photographer. Either he was photographer only for a short time or it was a minor sideline that he seldom mentioned.

The cabinet cards here are imprinted with Chardon, OH, so it can at least be assumed that the photography work was done in the decade around 1900. Further, three of them are dated, 1895, 1897 and 1898.

This updated page (20 Jan 2018) includes all ten of the portraits, including scans of three reverse sides that contain information. All were found at the same time on an auction site.

See another by Wilber at Luminous Lint

Many of the cards on this page were found at the same source. They look as if they might have been taken as a group such as a graduating class.

Photographer: H. C. Wilber
Chardon, Ohio

Reverse of the card at the left
On the reverse:
Maude H King
June 1897

Photographer: H. C. Wilber
Chardon, Ohio (1896-1897)

Reverse of the card at the left
(greatly enhanced)
on the reverse:
July 1 1895 So Thompson
Yours Truly
at 18 yrs.
Frank N. Tyler

reverse of the card at the left
On the reverse:
Maude H King
June 1897

photographer Wilber
Chardon, OH
this example from an auction source

photographer: WIlber
Chardon, OH
(found this one on pinterest; could be a fake)

The following card is NOT from Henry Carlton Wilber. No family relationship has been found so far.

This card is by Edgar Decker and Charles E Wilber.

Charles Wilber worked as artist for the Decker Studio 1881 through 1883. Then they started working as partners from 1884 through 1890.

photographer: Decker and Wilber
43 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
example from auction site

reverse of card at left

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. The 1900 Atlas of Geauga County published by H. B. Stranahan & Co., Cleveland, OH. includes a "Public Buildings and Business Blocks, Chardon, Ohio" page with a panoramic photo of the buildings on Main St. on the west side of Chardon Square, as well as a listing of the businesses and their owners occupying them under the photo. "H. C. Wilber, Photographer" is listed as one of the occupants of the second floor of one of the buildings (though which building is not specified).
    If you've got more of Wilber's photos, I'd be very interested in seeing them.

    1. Thanks for the tip. Up to now, no connection making Wilber a photographer had been found. He will get another look.
      The other eight in the collection have been added to the page, including the reverse of three where there was additional information.

    2. I cannot find the Public Buildings photograph you mention. If you know of a scan of the photograph let me know where to find it or send me one to the email address in the profile.


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