Sunday, July 21, 2019

John James Noonan

Unidentified man
Photographer: J. J. Noonan
Hickman, KY

Hickman (KY) Courier - 09 Jun 1893

Unfortunately there were at least three photographers named J. J. Noonan in the eastern part of the US during the cabinet card era. Two of them were born the same year and had wives with the same first name.

However, one of them was born in Columbus, Hickman County, KY, and lived in Obion, TN, from about 1897 to 1910. Obion is just over 20 miles from the city of Hickman, KY, the town on this cabinet card. The city of Hickman, KY, is not in Hickman County, KY but is just a short distance from the cities of Columbus, KY, and Paducah, KY, where this J. J. Noonan also lived at one time.

John James Noonan
(12 Feb 1860 - 20 Dec 1923)

Apparently J. J. Noonan lived in New Madrid County, MO, until he was about 17-20. He hasn’t been found it the US Census of 1880, which would be a great help in establishing his whereabouts at age 20.

According to his children’s birth dates and locations, the family was living in Obion, KY by 1895. They stayed there until at least 1910 then moving to Paducah, KY where he died in 1923.

This cabinet card could have been made in that brief period when he was still living in Hickman, KY, about 1880 to 1893 as the clipping at the left indicates.

Hickman (KY) Courier - 21 Apr 1893

Hickman (KY) Courier - 02 Jun 1893

Hickman Courier - 21 Jul 1893

photographer: unknown
contributed by G Cullen

reverse of card at left

enhanced version of card

enlarged area of medalion

The enlarged medallion design at the left is of an artist's palette with brushes and cut flowers.

Contributor G Cullen has pointed out that the medallion logo on this card appears identical to the one on the card by J J Noonan, at the top of the page. He says he has also discovered three other cards with the same medallion design.

Indeed, this may be a generic imprint found on stock cabinet card blanks sold by printers or photograph material suppliers.

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. I believe I have found a JJ Noonan cabinet card with the same central logo but no name ,the central logo is 100% indentical in every way ,the subject matter is of a married couple Frank and Rena Marys ,both were in the circus / sideshow as tattooed freaks but my photo shows them as being heavily tattooed as a knife throwing act my email address is

    1. Thanks very much for your comment and input. I will email you directly.


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