Monday, March 23, 2020

Louis Blaul




Blaul Art Gallery
1937 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. PA
example from LOST GALLERY


Reverse of card at the left

Louis Blaul
(1854 - 1909)

Louis Blaul appears to have spent his entire business life in Philadelphia, PA, moving his studio only three or four times.

Timeline
1854 Nov 18
Louis B Blaul born in Lancaster County, PA (Some documents say New York)
1880 Jun 05
Philadelphia, PA, US census and city directory as copyist of photographs with Eshback, Blaul & Co at 233 n 6th
1881 Sep 12
Blaul marries Mary Conrad Clendennon
1884 Jan 04
Philadelphia, PA, son Louis Adolph Blaul is born
1894 Nov & Dec
The Times (Philadelphia, PA) Nine small ads for studios at 56 n 8th and 1937 Germantown
1888 Sep
The Times (Philadelphia, PA) Eight small ad for studios at 56 n 8th and 1937 Germantown

1889
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as photographer at 1937 Germantown with partner Adolph J Baumgardner
1890
Baumgardner is now partners with Louis H. Helbing
1894 May 21
Philadelphia (PA) inquirer news item about fire at 56 n 8th
1894 Nov & Dec
The Times (Philadelphia, PA) 12 small ads for studio at 56 n 8th and 1973 Germantown
1897 Jan 20
Philadelphia (PA) inquirer small ad for studio 56 n 8th and 1937 Germantown
1899 Sep 28
Philadelphia (PA) inquirer small want ad for retoucher at studio 56 n 8th
1900
Philadelphia (PA) Business Directory Blaul Art Gallery at 1937 Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, (Alonzo P Young); Blaul Louis 56 n 8th; res 707 Berks (the Germantown address is not mentioned after this)

- timeline continued in next row

1902 May 06
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer fined for open on Sunday, studio at 56 n 8th; res 707 Berks
1903 May and Oct
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer 3 small want ad for studio at 56 n 8th
1904
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as photographer at 56 n 8th
1904 Mar 21
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer small want ad for retoucher at 56 n 8th studio
1906 Aug 17
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer small want ad for lady for reception room studio 56 n 8th
1908
Philadelphia, PA, city directory as photographer at 56 n 8th; res 447 n 3rd
1909 Nov 05
Louis Blaul Dies in Philadelphia, PA, after long illness

Business address summary

1880
Eshback, Blaul & Co at 233 n 6th
1894 - 1889
studios at 56 n 8th and 1937 Germantown
1890
studio at 56 n 8th and 1937 Germantown with partner Adolph J Baumgardner
1891 - 1901
studios at 56 n 8th and 1937 Germantown
1902 - 1908
studio at 56 n 8th

The cabinet card at the top could have been finished between 1894 and 1900. Considering the design of the card, it was probably done in that later part of that period.

Two more examples can be found at
Cabinet Card Gallery.

The (Philadelphia, PA) Times - 15 Sep 1888


The (Philadelphia, PA) Times - 21 Apr 1890


The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer - 06 May 1902


The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer - 07 Nov 1909



Here is an excellent example contributed by Brad Felmey. This card has some important dating information written on the reverse that sadly, informs us of the boy’s tragically short life. It says:
John Christi
Born - Mar 13, 1875
Died - Aug 21, 1890


Estimating the boy at 10 years old in the photograph would mean it must have been finished in 1885. This certainly narrows the time frame for when this imprinted design was used.


photographer: Blaul
56 N Eight Street and 1937 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
example from contributor: Brad Felmey


reverse of card at left



photograpner: Blaul Art Gallery
1937 Germantown Av, Philadelphia, PA
example from contributor Barry McGowan

Reverse of card at left

Judging by the condition, this example of an imprinted reverse was probably in use early in the period between 1894 and 1901, when Blaul was at 1937 Germantown.


photographer: Blaul
Philadelphia
example from auction site


photographer: Blaul
1937 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
additional example from an auction site

additional example of the reverse side of a cabinet card by Blaul; the design known to be in use sometime between November of 1894 and 1901
Additional example at the Allan Mays Flickr site

photographer: Louis Blaul
Philadelphia
example from auction site




photographer: Louis Blaul
56 N Eighth, Philadelphia, PA
Example from Mike Camero.
Photo is of his grandfather,
George Francis Daland Griggs.

reverse of card at left

According to Cabinet Card Gallery: The son, Louis Adolph Blaul (1884-1954) was a law student at the University of Pennsylvania when his father died. He left his law studies to take over his father’s business.

Indeed, city directory listings for Louis Blaul Photography carry on to 1950. (No Philadelphia city directories available after 1950.)

1910 - 1916
Philadelpia, PA, city directory Louis Blaul photography at 56 N Eighth and 5613 Germantown Av

Apparently Louis Blaul jr closes the studio at 56 N Eighth in 1916 and concentrates on the location at 5613 Germantown Av.

1917, 1918, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, Louis Blaul photography at 5613 Germantown Av
1924, 1925
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, Louis Blaul photography at 5611 Germantown
1930
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Blaul Studio, 6211? (printing copy obscured)
1935
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, pages missing
1950
Philadelphia, PA, city directory, Blaul Studio at 334 E Cheltn Av
No Philadelphia city directories available after this date



photographer Louis Blaul
56 N Eighth and 1937 Germantown Av
Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

reverse of card at left

photographer: Blaul
Philadelphia
example from pinterest


photographer: Louis Blaul
Philadelphia
example contributed by
Deborah Lundbech on Ipernety

photographer Louis Blaul
56 N Eighth and 1937 Germantown Av
Philadelphia, PA
example from Garrison House Ephemera

reverse of card at left


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.

Some examples on this page have been enhanced or restored for clarity and presentation here.

This page is free for educational and research purposes only but, as always, if the original owner of any of these examples objects to the use on this page, they will be immediately removed.

2 comments:

  1. Just found a different version of Louis Blaul studio cabinet cardstock.

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    1. Great! Send a scan or photo, including the edges, to the address in the profile. I'll add it to the page.

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