Thursday, September 7, 2017

William J Park

Photographer: Park
North Tonawanda
Sweeney near Webster St.

There were several photographers named Park in New York in the late 1800’s. This photographer for this cabinet card is probably the one based in Buffalo, NY, just ten miles from Tonawanda, NY, a suburb really.

William J Park
(Jan 1866 - )

Although there is some confusion about his genealogical family structure, enough sources were assembled to give a picture of this photographer’s working life.

Documents begin with the 1880 US Census where he is listed as working in a photograph gallery at 14. In all documents found he is listed as photographer from 1884 to 1901. In 1905 the New York Census shows his occupation as “Turkish Bath”; in 1906 as “Seneca Baths”; in1930 as Lodge Agent.

The cabinet card at the left must have been completed sometime between about 1884 and 1905.

The card on the right is stamped "Park" on the reverse. There is not enough information to connect this photographer with William J. Park. The awkward, and stiff pose is more the work of Oscar Howard Park.

Stamped "Park" on reverse

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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