Monday, September 3, 2018

Snyder and Walton



Photographer: Snyder & Walton
227 & 229 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia

(Note: For OLIVER Snyder, scroll down.)

Snyder and Walton
Daniel Snyder (1837 - 1913)
Mary L Walton (1845 - ?)

Timeline sources: US census, city directories

1837 Jan 12
Schuylkill County, PA, Daniel W Snyder is born to Adam W and Hannah Snyder. Adam W Snyder was also a photographer.
1870
Mahanoy East Ward, Schuylkill, PA, US census Daniel Snyder as laborer
1877
Philidelphia, PA, city directory Daniel Snyder NOT listed; Adam W Snyder listed as photographer at 104 e Girard; res 1125 Shackamaxon
1878
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Daniel U Snyder listed as photographer at 202 s 2nd; res 523 s 9th; also Mary E Walton listed as Widow, Photographer, res 523 s 9th
1879
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, Daniel U Snyder as photographer at 225 Girard; res 823 s 9th; Mary E Walton as photographer at 2200 n 7th

1880
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, as Daniel U Snyder photographer with Snyder and Walton at 225 Girard; res 523 S 9th; M L Walton with Snyder and Walton; res 2200 n 7th
1880
May 08 Philadelphia, PA, US census as Daniel U Snyder photographer; res Lombard st Philadelphia, PA;
1881, 1882
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel U Snyder photographer with Snyder and Walton, 225 Girard; res 523 s 9th; Mary Walton with Snyder and Walton, res 2200 n 7th
1883
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel W Snyder, photographer with Snyder and Walton at 227 Girard; Mary L Walton with Snyder and Walton; res 215 Girard
1884
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel W Snyder, photographer with Snyder and Walton 1118 Passy’k av; res 225 Girard; Mary Walton with Snyder and Walton; res 223 Girard
1885
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Daniel W Snyder with Snyder and Walton at 227 Girard, res 1426 n 6h ; Mary Walton with Snyder and Walton; res 1426 n 6th

1886
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Daniel H Snyder with Snyder and Walton at 227 Girard; res same; Mary L Walton with Snyder and Walton, res 227 Girard
1887
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel H Snyder with Snyder and Walton at 227 Girard; res same; Mary L Walton with Snyder and Walton, res 1338 n 4th
1888
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel U Snyder with Snyder and Walton at 227 Girard; res 1338 n 4th
1889, 1890
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel U Snyder with Snyder and Walton at 229 Girard; res 1338 n 4th; Mary L Walton with Snyder and Walton, res 1338 n 4th
1891
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel U Snyder with Snyder and Walton at 227 Girard; res 1338 n 4th; Mary L Walton with Snyder and Walton, res 1338 n 4th
1892 and 1893
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as Daniel U Snyder with Snyder and Walton at 229 Girard; res 2235 n Front; Mary L Walton with Snyder and Walton, res 1137 Sommerville


1894
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Daniel Snyder NOT listed; M L Walton listed as photographer at 227 Girard; partnership NOT listed
1895, 1896
Philadelphia, PA, city directory neither Daniel Snyder nor Mary Walton is listed
1900
Schuylkill, PA, US census Daniel Snyder, now age 64, as Coal Miner
1910
Schuylkill, PA ,US census Daniel Snyder, age 74, no occupation shown, sons Benjamin and George are both at the same address and listed as coal miners
1913 Oct 29
Schuylkill, PA, Daniel Snyder dies at age 76

Daniel Snyder’s middle initial is given as U, W, and H. There is no explanation for this. They are not separate Daniel Snyders, as all other factors, wife, age, children, profession and address, show it is the same person.

In 1880 Mary Walton's middle initial shifts from E to L with other facts remaining the same.

Snyder partnered with Mary Walton from 1878 through 1893. Snyder seems to leave the photography business in 1894 and Walton disappears completely. No records found on her after 1893.

Following is a recap of the studio addresses as shown by city directgory, all in Philadelphia, PA, as Snyder and Walton. Keep in mind that the address numbers may be misprints, just like the middle initial of Snyder. They may never have moved from 227-229 Girard.

202 s 2nd - 1878 (Snyder only)
225 Girard - 1879 through 1882
227 Girard - 1883 through 1888
229 Girard - 1889 through 1890
227 Girard - 1891
229 Girard - 1892 and 1893
227 Girard - 1894

Three entries from the
1880 Philadelphia, PA, city directory
With address variations, these are typical listings from 1879 through 1894


And then there’s this mysterious item found in the Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer newspaper. It is possible that Daniel Snider and Mary Walton operated an arcade photo gallery in Atlantic City, NJ. In 1905, Snyder was 69 years old and working in a coal mine. No documents have been found to show where Walton was after 1894, but she would be about 60 in 1905.

Was it the studio of Snyder and Walton in name only? No other documents have been found related to this.

Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer - 02 Jul 1905


Following are some examples of Daniel Snyder and Walton from the auction sites.


225 West Girard Avenue
Probably finished in 1882

227-229 West Girard Avenue
Probably finished between 1883 and 1894

227-229 West Girard Avenue
Probably finished between 1883 and 1894
Example from Pinterest uncredited


Photogrpaher Snyder and Walton
227-229 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Probably finished between 1883 and 1894
example from auction site

Photogrpaher Snyder and Walton
227-229 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Probably finished between 1883 and 1894
example from auction site

Photogrpaher Snyder and Walton
227-229 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Probably finished between 1883 and 1894
example from Library of congress

Photogrpaher Snyder and Walton
227-229 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Probably finished between 1883 and 1894
example from auction site




While doing research on Daniel Snyder of Snyder and Walton, Oliver R Snyder turned up. Some research had to be followed just to prove he was NOT the Snyder in Snyder and Walton.

Oliver R Snyder
(16 Jan 1861 - 15 Aug 1934)
Oliver R Snyder worked as photographer most of his life. With the exception of 1919 and 1920 when he worked as oil attendant for a railroad and in 1910 when he worked as a janitor in a bank, all documents describe him as photographer.

It was only in 1909 that he is shown as having his own studio at 217 w Long in DuBois, PA. In every other document it seems he was working for someone else.

The 1908 Butler, PA, city directory indicates he is an employed photographer and the 1910 DuBois, PA, city directory shows him as a janitor for a bank. So it was only during 1909 that he had his own studio. This photograph would have been made then.

So the Cabinet Card shown here, from the collection of KEN on Flickr, is quite rare.








Note that the these two cards are stamped "New York Gallery". This is just one of many galleries or studios with "NEW YORK" included in the name, appearing in several states, even as far west as California.



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.

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