Monday, March 16, 2020

Davis Mahan



Photographer: Davis Mahan
43-5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA

reverse of the card at the left

Davis Mahan
(1831 - 1905)
Timeline

1831
Pennsylvania, PA Davis Mahan is born
1860 Jun 27
Montgomery AL, US census, Davis Mahan is listed as artist; res same as Mar J Hinton, Ambrotypist and H B Hinton, Artist
1863
Pittsburgh, PA, city directory NO Mahan listed
1864, 1865
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, city directory Davis Mahan NOT listed
1865 Mar 28
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer Mahan-Hinkle marriage announcement
1866 - 1868
Pittsburgh, PA, city directory as D. Mahan & Co bds 279 Penn; res same
1869 - 1873
Pittsburgh, PA, city directory, US census as photographer at 31 Fifth
1874
Pittsburgh, PA, city directory as photographer at 33 Fifth; (Spelled Dois Mahan); business section lists as 31 Fifth st

1875 - 1895
Pittsburgh, PA, city directory, US census as photographer at 43 Fifth st
1882 Mar 18
Pittsburgh, PA, state records, daughter Millicent Mahan is born
1896 through 1900
Pittsburgh, PA, city directory as photographer at 237 Fifth
1902
Pittsburgh, PA, city directory as photographer at 3442 Bouquet
1903
Pittsburgh (PA) Press obituary mentions moving to McKees Rocks, PA
1905 Nov 11
Pittsburgh (PA) Press, obituary, Davis Mahan dies after a short illness at age 74

Davis Mahan was an active photographer in Pittsburgh, PA, for 40 years. His longest established studio location was at 43 Fifth Street, from 1875 to 1895. The cabinet card at the left must have been finished during that time.

Here is a bit from a researcher: “His daughter Millicent carried on the family tradition when Davis died in 1905. She and a partner Richard C Wright opened Mahan and Wright photography in McKees Rocks, Pa where Davis passed his last years.”



Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer - 28 Mar 1865


Pittsburgh (PA) Daily Commercial - 17 Apr 1872

Pittsburgh (PA) Weekly Gazette - 11 Mar 1876

British Journal of Photography - 1878


Pittsburgh (PA) Post Gazette - 28 Jun 1892


The Pittsburgh (PA) Press - 12 Nov 1905


The Pittsburgh (PA) Press - 13 Nov 1905


Pittsburgh (PA) Daily Post 29 Mar 1909




city directory page ad
43 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

518 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA
city directory ad


Pittsburgh (PA) Daily Post - 14 Jun 1878





CDV photographer: Mahan
example from pinterest



photographer: Mahan
No. 43 Fifth Av, Pittsburg, PA
CDV Example from auction site

reverse of the CDV on the left

photographer: Mahan
31 Fifth av, Pittsburg, PA
Probably finished around 1869 to 1874
Example CDV from auction site

reverse of cdv at left

photographer: Mahan and Keller
CDV example from auction site



CDV photographer: Mahan
example from pinterest

credited to Mahan
example from auction site

photographer: Davis Mahan
31 Fifth, Pittsburgh, PA
CDV example from auction site

reverse of card at left

credited to Mahan
CDV example from auction site



photographer: Mahan
Pittsburg, PA
Example from auction site

photographer: Davis Mahan
example from auction site

credited to Mahan by owner
example from auction site
(This one has been highly
adjusted for presentation here)



photographer: Davis Mahan
No 43 Fifth avenue, Pittsburg, PA
example from auction site

reverse of card at left

photographer: Davis Mahan
No 43 Fifth avenue, Pittsburg, PA
example from auction site

reverse of card at left


photographer: Mahan
No. 43 Fifth Av, Pittsburg, PA
(Owner dated 1889)
Example from auction site


Mahan and Keller

credited to
"Mahan, formerly Mahan and Keller"
(This was THOMAS Mahan and Henry S Keller.)


photographer: Mahan and Keller
1427 Ridge Av, Philadelphia, PA
CDV example from auction site

So far no connection has been made between Thomas Mahan and Davis Mahan.


reverse of card at left

photographer: Mahan and Keller
1427 Ridge Av, Philadelphia, PA
CDV example from auction site

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.

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