Without the availability of city directories for Altamont, IL, and nearby towns, little was found to substantiate Theodore George Boyer’s career in photography. Only one mention was found, in the 1880 US census while he was living in Altamont, IL.
Cabinet Cards have been found with locations imprinted including, Altamont, IL, Carbondale, IL, Centralia, IL, Columbus, IN, Effingham, IL, Grand Tower, IL, Ramsey, IL, and Vandalia, IL. All are within about 200 miles of Altamont, IL.
1850 Aug 23
born in Coshocton, OH (and sources do not wholly agree on that date) 1880 Jun 15
at age 29 as photographer in Altamont, IL, no address given 1900 Jun 7
at age 49 as farmer in Avena, IL 1910 Apr 25
at age 60 as farmer in Union, White, AR 1926 Dec 16
dies at age 76 of prostate cancer, death certificate says he is a “merchant”
So it is left that this cabinet card must have been done around 1880 but at least before 1900.
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