Monday, November 27, 2017

Downs and Frisbie

Photographer Downs & Frisbie
Bee-Hive Gallery
Ottawa, Illinois

There were at least, five photographers named Frisbie in the cabinet card era.

EE Frisbie worked around 1880 in Hartford, CN

John Meigs Frisbie worked many years in Sandusky, OH. Nothing was found that would connect him with Ottawa, IL, which is 300 miles from Sandusky, OH.

James B Frisbie
was centered in Oneida, NY

William D Frisbie was working in New London, CT, in 1882

O B Frisbie was found on two cabinet card examples. On the featured one on this page from LOST GALLERY, the photographer is identified as Downs and Frisbie of Ottawa, IL. On the example at the right, found at the
Flickr site of mj aux , the photographer is listed as O B Frisbie of Ottawa, IL. So it appears that O B Frisbie was operating the “Bee Hive” studio in Ottawa, IL. At one time he was partnered with a photographer named “Downs”. Nothing further has been found on either of these photographers.

The cabinet card style in both examples looks like 1885 to 1895. But because photographers often used up older card stock, that date is unreliable.

photographer O B Frisbie
Bee Hive Art Studio
214 Madison Street
Ottawa, IL
From the collection of mj aux on Flickr

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

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