Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sunbeam Gallery

photographer Sunbeam Gallery
31 Third Street
San Francisco

reverse of the card at the left

Research pending on photographer
Sunbeam Gallery
31 Third Street
San Franscisco, CA

There were several photographers who named their studio or gallery “Sunbeam” all across the US. So far Sunbeam Galleries have been found in Dubuque, IA, York, PA, Pipestone, MN, Grand Island, NE, and Peoria, IL. In New York state Sunbeam Galleries were in New York City, Dansville and Elmira.

Another was the Sunbeam Gallery operated by George W Godfrey at 81 Main in Rochester, NY. This studio seems to have operated earlier than the usual cabinet card era producing mostly wet plate process tintypes and daguerreotypes, working in the 1860’s and 1870’s.

In California, one Sunbeam Gallery found was the Sunbeam Art Parlor at 236-238 s Main, Los Angeles, CA, operated by Charles J. Coules. No positive connection has been made to 31 Third Street, San Francisco, CA.

There was also a Sunbeam Gallery in San Bernardino, CA, operated by one William Godfrey (1835- ). He was born in New York but so far no connection has been made to the aforementioned George W. Godfrey of Rochester, NY. And no connections have been made to the address 31 Third, San Francisco.

And there was no shortage of G W Godfrey's during that time. There are records of at least four on the east coast including a prize fighter in 1883 and a man injured in the New York Saint Patrick day riots in 1867. There was also a George Godfrey in Oakland, CA, with his wife Jane, but he was not a photographer.

So, no positive identification has been made for the photographer who was at 31 Third Street in San Francisco, CA.

Sunbeam Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Sunbeam Gallery
Peoria, IL
example from Cabinet Card Gallery

Sunbeam Gallery
Rochester, NY

Sunbeam Studio
Oshkosh, WI


Sunbeam Gallery
Dubuque, IA

reverse of card at the left

Sunbeam Gallery
Rochester, NY

Sunbeam Gallery
York, PA

example of Sunbeam Gallery cabinet card reverse, no location

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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


  1. I found a lot of old pictures & some have your name on the back . if they are yours , & you would like to have I will send them ……….. thanks .. steve

  2. I have a lot of old pictures , some with your name on the back . please let me know if you would like to have them ……………. steve

    1. I can't imagine any old pictures with my name on them. An easy way to review them would be to scan them and put them on Flickr as a set.

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