Wednesday, October 31, 2018


photographer Chambers (JB or BJ)
Brownwood, TX

John Bennette Chambers
(1870 - )

1870 May
Waco, Texas, US census, birth year agrees in all census reports, John Bennette Chambers is born
Texas, state records, J B Chambers marries Alice F Chambers
Abilene, TX, US census Chambers as photographer
Abilene, TX, city directory Chambers NOT listed (earliest directory available)
Snyder, TX, US census Chambers listed as real estate agent
1920 27 Apr
Corpus Christi, TX, US census Chambers as real estate agent
Bryan (TX) Eagle, news item, College Station, John Bennette Chambers JR receives BA degree

Cameron, TX, US census of 1940 Chambers is living in Cameron, TX
Cameron, TX, US census Chambers as farmer

There were several citizens named J B (or B J) Chambers in Texas during the cabinet card era. Only one Chambers came up associated with photography and then only once. The 1900 US census, John Bennette Chambers is listed as a photographer. All other documents show him as a real estate agent.

So if this is the correct Chambers as photographer for this unusual cabinet card, it must have been done around 1900.

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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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