Research ongoing on photographer
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. (See example below on this page) 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.
photographer F W Godfrey
(Is F W Godfrey related to G W Godfrey who ran a Sunbeam Gallery in Rochester, NY?)
example from auction site
photographer: Sunbeam Studio
75 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI
example from TheCut
Sunbeam Art Parlors cabinet card reverse, no location shown
Example from Luminous Lint