Sunday, August 12, 2018

Taylor and Son


Photographer: Taylor and Son
Amsterdam, NY

reverse of the cabinet card at the left

Spencer A Taylor
(1826 - 1897)

timeline
Sources: US census, New York state census, Find-a-grave index, city directories,

1826
New York, Spencer A Taylor is born to Luthor and Magdalena Taylor
1855
Sharon, NY, city directory as daguerreotypist; living at home
1860
Seward, NY, US census as ambrotypist
1861
Carlisle, NY, Spencer Taylor marries Nancy A Darrow (1837-1908)
1862
Ft Johnson, NY, Daughter Carrie Belle Taylor is born (1862- )
1864
Daughter Elizabeth Taylor is born (1864-)

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Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle - 12 Nov 1903


1866
Sharon, NY, city directory as photographer
1870 Jul 10
Argusville, NY, county records, son Luther E Taylor is born
1870 Aug 19
Sharon, NY, US census as artist
1872
Schoharie County Gazetteer Taylor NOT listed
1875
New York State census no occupation listed but his father Luther is listed as photographer
1878
Amsterdam, NY, city directory NOT listed
1879-1882
Amsterdam, NY city directories not available
1880
Amsterdam, NY, US census as photographer
1883, 1884
Amsterdam, NY, city directory Spencer Taylor NOT in directory
1885
Amsterdam, NY, city directory not available
1886
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer with Taylor and Company, over 23 e Main
1887
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer at 23-25 e Main

1888
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer at 23-25 e Main; son L E Taylor at 17 e Main
1889
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer at 23-15 Main; son Luther not listed
1890
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer at 23-15 e Main; son Luther listed separately at 23 e Main
1891
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer with Taylor and Son. 23-25 e Main
1892
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer with Taylor and Son. 23-25 e Main; also Amsterdam Portrait and Frame
1893
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer with Taylor and Son. 23-25 e Main; son Luther also listed as photographer at 30 e Main
1894, 1895
Amsterdam, NY, city directory not available
1896
Amsterdam, NY, city directory as photographer at 30-32 e Main; son Luther not listed
1897 Jul 21
Amsterdam, NY, Spencer A Taylor dies at age 71

There are some gaps in Spencer Taylor’s history but it seems fairly clear that his studio was established at 23-25 e Main from 1887 to 1893 and that he called his operation “Taylor and Son” from 1891 through 1893. Since the directories for 1894 and 1895 are missing it is not clear when he stopped that designation but by 1896 he has moved to 30-32 e Main in Amsterdam.

The cabinet card here would have been finished in that period between 1891 and 1893.

As a side note, there was also a Thomas Taylor and Sons of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, finishing cabinet cards at about the same time. (See Below)


Ad from 1879 Amsterdam, NY, city directory



photographer: Taylor's Photo Gallery
23 and 25 East Main, Amsterdam, NY
example from auction site

There was also a Thomas Taylor and Sons of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, finishing cabinet cards at about the same time.

No relationship has been found.


example found on auction web site

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