Sunday, June 3, 2018

Louis Blaul



Blaul Art Gallery
1937 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia


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 mn8th 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.

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



Additional example from an auction site

example of the reverse side of later cabinet cards by Blaul made before 1901

example from auction site

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