Sunday, March 10, 2019

William Griffin


Photographer: Griffin
Cor 3rd Str. & Lincoln Ave.
Hebron, Neb

There were many photographers named Griffin between 1880 and 1920. They ranged from Maryland to Nebraska, Pennsylvania to Alabama. The most likely photographer for this cabinet card was

William Griffin
(12 Jul 1852 - 1920)

In 1868 the Omaha, NE, city directory lists one Charles Griffin as a photographer at 230 Farnam; William Griffin is not shown; he would be only 16

In 1870, at 18, William Griffin was working with Charles Griffin photograph studio (over 237 Douglas) in Omaha, NE. Both are also living at the same address. Charles Griffin has not been found to be a brother or an uncle to William. There were some large families in that era. The relationship, if any, is not known at this time.

In 1880 the US census shows William as a farmer. Then the 1900 US census shows him as married, living in Hebron, NE, as a photographer.

The 1910 US census shows he is still a photographer in Hebron, NE, but the 1920 census says he has no occupation and his wife Lydia is a laundress. He dies later in 1920 at age 67.

There are a lot of gaps in the documentation of William Griffin but he is consistently the photographer from Hebron, NE. This cabinet card was probably finished between 1880 and 1920 when he was working without a partner. The design of the card suggests 1890 or after.

Lincoln (NE) Daily News - 13 Feb 1895



photographer: William Griffin
cor 3ed st and Lincoln av
Hebron, NE
example from auction site



Photographer: Griffin
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site

Photographer: Griffin
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site

Photographer: Griffin
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site

Photographer: Griffin
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site


Photographer: Griffin
Cor 3rd and Lincoln
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site
Note that his card is the same design as the top card on this page. All others are different, no two alike.

Photographer: Griffin
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site

Photographer: Griffin
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site

Photographer: Griffin
Hebron, Nebr
example from auction site

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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