Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Frederick L Briggs

227 Main Street
Ottumwa, IA

Frederick L. Briggs
(1851 - 1903)

Frederick L. Briggs is born in Michigan
Iowa State census as child living with parents in Bloomfield, IA
Ottumwa, IA, US census, as photographer living at boarding house
Marries Harriet M Merwin
1887 Jul
son Fred W Briggs born
Iowa State census no occupation known
1900 Jun 03
Center, Wapello, IA, US census as photographer; res 128 e Court
Ottumwa, IA, city directory as photographer at Leighton Block; res 128 e Court; Iowa Gazetteer as photographer at 108 s Market

Ottumwa, IA, city directory as photographer at Leighton Block;
1903 Dec 01
Cedar Falls (IA) Gazette news item from Ottumwa on death of Frederick L Briggs

Frederick L. Briggs was in the photography business from at least 1880 to his death in 1903. No documents so far show when Briggs operated at 227 Main Street as shown on the cabinet card in this collection.

Cedar Falls(IA)Gazette - 01 Dec 1903

Here is an interesting item that ran in several Iowa newspapers all around the same date.

Fitchburg (IA) Sentinel - 15 Aug 1900

Below is a cabinet card reverse side showing the studio when at 311 Main Street.

The example below shows the studio was at 227 Main Street

(internet source)

Example found at PhotoTree

Example found at PhotoTree

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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

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