Thursday, March 12, 2020

Peters Studio


Photographer: Peter's Studio
1722 W. 47th st
Near Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL
(it is unknown why there is
an apostrophe in the title)

Enlarged to show the address

George Peters
(1865 – 1903}
Caroline Margarette Kleker
(1879 – 1958)

1865 Oct
Chicago, IL, state records, George Edward Peters is born
1879 Jun 23
Chicago, IL, state records, Caroline Margaret Kleker is born to Bernard Kleker and Therese Kleker
1880 Jun 18
Chicago, IL, US census, Caroline Kleker at age 1
1888
Chicago, IL, city directory, George Peters as photographer at 3509 Halstead

1889
Chicago, IL, city directory, Business section only goes to ELE; Res section lists a George E Peters as fireman. Res 3121 Lasalle (only a possibility)
1889
Chicago, IL, dated photo on file Langdon Road imprinted G Peters, 3510 s Halsted, Chicago IL
1890
Chicago, IL, city directory, George Peters as photographer; 3510 s Halsted
1891
Chicago, IL, city directory, Pages missing after MIN
1992 to 1895 Chicago, IL, city directories not available
1896
Chicago, IL, city directory, pages missing after Livingston
1897
Chicago, IL, city directory, pages missing after Lynch
1898
Chicago, IL, city directory, pates missing after McFann
1899
Chicago, IL, city directory, pages missing after Maurer

1900
Chicago, IL, city directory, pages missing after Merriman
1900 Jun 11
Chicago, IL, US census, George Peters as photographer; res 4841 Ashland Av
1900 Oct 06
Chicago, IL, state records, George Peters and Carolyn Kleker are married
1901
Chicago, IL, city directory, pages missing after McCollum
1901 Aug 26
Chicago, IL, state records, Son George Clarence Peters is born to Carolyn and George Peters
1902, 1903
Chicago, IL, city directory, NO listing in the business section; residential section not available
1903 Oct 19
Chicago, IL, state records, George E Peters dies
1903 Oct 20
Chicago (IL) Tribune death notice for George Peters, husband of Carrie Peters
1904
Chicago, IL, city directory, Mrs Carrie Peters as photographer at 1722 w 47th st; (no residential pages available)


1905
Chicago, IL, city directory, NO listing for Carrie Peters in business pages; res pages not available
1907 Jun 16
Chicago, IL. State records, Carolyn M Peters marries James T Horacek
1920
Chicago, IL, US census, Carolyn M Horacek as no occupation; husband James T Horacek is an insurance agent
1958 Mar 14
Los Angeles, CA, state records, Caroline Margarette Kleker-Peters-Horacek dies at age 78 to 80; birthdate is different in nearly every document found

It appears that Carrie Peters worked as a photographer only in the year 1904, apparently taking over the studio after the death of her husband George Peters.

No record shows exactly when the Peter’s studio moved to the address 1722 W 47th Street. It is not associated with George Peters in any record. His last published address, 4833 Ashland Ave, is in a clipping listing him as a precinct worker for a 1903 election. Carrie Peters is listed as photographer at that address in the 1904 city directory.

Yes, this photograph could have been finished by either of them but, It is a good bet that Carrie Peters is the photographer for this card.



The lives of women are more difficult to trace than men. Many records avoid their actual name using instead something like “Mrs George Peters” or “George Peters and wife.” And city directories had policies that excluded a woman’s name unless she was a widow or owned a prominent business.

Further, women tended to fib about their age. In young years they often wanted to pass for older and in later years, to seem younger, so the birth date is adjusted to fit.

And as if being known only as Mrs George Peters wasn’t obscuring enough, women often switched to their middle name for a while. Caroline or Carrie becomes Margaret or Margarette.

All of which makes their lives difficult to follow from one document to the next

Chicago (IL) Tribune - 07 Oct 1900

(Chicago, IL) Inter Ocean - 17 Feb 1903
(note address)


Chicago (IL) Tribune - 20 Oct 1903



photographer: George Peters
3509 Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
example from pinterest

George Peters studio is listed at 3510 Halsted Sreet from 1888 to 1890.

3509 Halsted would be across the street.


photographer: Peters studio
1722 W 47th Street, Chicago, IL
example from pinterest
(this is NOT a cabinet card)



photographer: J H Peters
San Francisco, CA
example from auction site
(No connection has been made to Peters of Chicago, IL)

Then there is this one. Imprinted only "Peters Portraits" it is unknown where this was done.

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