In searching for Erickson of East Rockford, IL, a 19th century photographer, an Erickson of Rockford, IL, a CONTEMPORARY photographer was found. This muddled searches somewhat.
In the decades of the cabinet card, there were a dozen or more photographers named Erickson.
According to the 1910 US census alone there were 6 photographers at that time named Erickson, in north eastern US:
Frank C Erickson, Peabody, MA
Charlie Erickson, Minneapolis, MN
Charles Erickson, Minneapolis, MN
Charles L Erickson, Chicago, IL
Charles J Erickson, Chicago, IL
Erick Erickson of Chicago, IL
And one in Delta, CO named Charles A Erickson.
The three most likely to be the Erickson who worked in Rockford, IL, were the photographers in Chicago: Charles J, Charles L and Erick. There were no records placing any of the three in Rockford, IL, at any time. But there are gaps in the Chicago and Rockford records that would allow any of the three to be located Rockford temporarily.
Charles L Erickson is most often listed as “Commercial Photographer” so it is possible that he never did any portrait work.
Charles J Erickson records are few.
The best candidate seems to be Erick Erickson. Erick appears steadily as a photographer in Chicago city directories except for a two year drop out in 1898 and 1899. Possibly he worked in Rockford, IL, at that time. There are no records to prove this.
But any of these three could have made the 70 or so mile trip over to Rockford, IL, to spend a few days or weeks or months in a rented studio, making cabinet card portraits. The available Rockford city directories never list an Erickson, photographer.
No conclusions based on the location of the photographer can be made to date the cabinet cards shown here. The style of the cards would suggest 1886 - 1895.