Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ross Smith Wheeler



photographer: Wheeler
(Reverse is blank. Identified as Ross Smith Wheeler by comparing imprint design with other cabinet cards by the same photographer)

Ross Smith Wheeler
(3 Apr 1859 - 25 Sep 1902)

Sources; US census, Genealogical and Biographical History of Keokuk County, IA

1859
born in Sandy Creek, West Virginia
1872
moves to Iowa, age 13
1877
begins studying photography at West Liberty, IA and area
1878
opens first studio in West Liberty, IA
1880
US census as artist at West Branch, Cedar, IA


1881 Oct - 1898
operates studio in What Cheer, IA
1898
elected county auditor of Keokuk County, IA
1900
US census as county auditor, Sigourney, Keokuk, Iowa
1902
dies at age 43 in Sigourney, Iowa

This cabinet card would have been finished between about 1881 and 1898.

Ross Smith Wheeler was the brother of William R Wheeler who worked in Wiliamsburg, IA, just 35 miles from WhatCheer, IA



Photographer: Wheeler
What Cheer, IA
(this photo is slightly enhanced, reverse is blank)
This one was found in Hays, KS.

Embossed on front: Wheeler
What Cheer, IA

reverse of cabinet card at the left
(found in Salina, KS)


Wheeler
What Cheer, Iowa

reverse of the cabinet card on the left
(found in Salina, KS)

Wheeler
What Cheer, Iowa

reverse of the cabinet card on the left
(found in Salina, KS)


Wheeler
What Cheer, Iowa

reverse of the cabinet card on the left
(found in Salina, KS)

photographer: Ross Smith Wheeler
What Cheer, Iowa

reverse of the cabinet card on the left
(found in Salina, KS)


embossed on front: Wheeler RSW
What Cheer, IA

reverse of the cabinet card on the left
(found in Salina, KS)

The photograph at the right is not exactly a traditional Cabinet Card but is a slightly smaller format that gained some popularity toward the turn of the 19th century.

This example was contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers




This example was contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers

This example was contributed by the family of William Birdsall Bullers and Great Granddaughters of John Lewis “Pop” Bullers

example from auction site

photographer: Ross Wheeler
What Cheer, IA
example from Flickr member Ken

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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.

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