Monday, February 10, 2020

Gustav Cramer



photographer:
Cramer
1001 south 5th
cor Chouteau Ave.
St Louis, MO


reverse of the card at the left

Gustav Adolph Cramer
(20 May 1838 - 16 Jul 1914)

Sources: mostly St Louis, MO, city directories

1838 May 20
Eschwege, Germany, Gustav Cramer is born to Emanuel and Dorthea Cramer
1859
Cramer arrives in the US works as apprentice to John A Scholten
1860
Carondelet, MO, Cramer opens first gallery but operates only for about 6 months and then enlists for three months with the Missouri Volunteers of the Civil War
1861
Carondelet, MO, After the Battle of Carthage, 5 Jul 1861, Cramer returns to find his gallery has closed
1863 May
Carondelet, MO, Cramer pays 15 dollar tax fee and registers as photographer

1864
St Louis, MO, Cramer teams with portrait painter Julius Gross and opens a gallery called Cramer and Gross
1865
St Louis, MO, city directory, 91 s Fourth as Hermann Gross; Cramer NOT listed
1866
St Louis, MO, 333 s Fifth st as Cramer and Gross, photographers
1866
St Louis, MO, city directory (T A Holland) 1264 s Fourth st, as Cramer and Gross, photographers (probably a miss-print)
1866
St Louis, MO, city directory (Missouri Version) fourth st, se cor Herman Gross only; Cramer not listed
1867 - 1869
St Louis, MO, city directory 1264 s Fifth as Cramer and Gross, as photographers

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1870 - 1875
St Louis, MO, city directory 1001 s Fifth as Cramer, Gross and Co, photographers
1876
St Louis, MO, city directory 1001 s Fifth as Cramer G, successor to Cramer, Gross and Co.
1877 - 1878
St Louis, MO, city directory 1001 s Fifth st as Cramer, Gross and Co. (again); Gustav Cramer, Julian Gross and Henry Schoo, photographers
1879
St Louis, MO, city directory NOT AVAILABLE
1880
St Louis, MO, city directory, 1001 s Fifth as Gustave Cramer, photographer; Herman Norden not listed in St Louis, MO, city directory
1881
St Louis, MO, city directory 1001 s Fifth as Gustave Cramer, photographer in business pages; res pages show Herman Norden with Cramer and Norden at 1001 s Fifth

St Louis, MO, City Directory -
1866

1882
St Louis, MO, city directory 1001 s Fifth as Gustave Cramer, photographer in business pages; res pages show Herman Norden with Cramer and Norden at 1001 s Fifth
1883
St Louis, MO, city directory 1001 s Fifth as Gustave Cramer, photographer; Norden is in res pages as Photographer and Dry Plates (note: not associated with Cramer); Business pages show Norden H as Dry Plate mfgr at 827 Chouteau av.
1884 - 1887
St Louis, MO, city directory, 1001 s Fifth as Gustave Cramer, photographer
1887
Cramer is president of the Photographer’s Association of America
1888
St Louis, MO, city directory NOT AVAILABLE
1889 - 1895
St Louis, MO, city directory, at Shenandoah ne cor Buena Vista as Cramer G Dry Plate Works

Holland and Co St Louis, MO, Business Directory - 1866

1897 - 1901
St Louis, MO, city directory Lemp Av n cor Shenandoah as Cramer G Dry Plate Co
1910
St Louis, MO, city directory 1821 Shenandoah as Cramer G Dry Plate Co
1914 Jul 16
St Louis, MO, Gustav Cramer dies at age 76

The cabinet card in this collection has only the Cramer name on the reverse. It appears the only time he worked alone at 1001 s Fifth was briefly in 1876 and then again after 1879. Although Hermann Norden is sometimes listed as a partner in the gallery, 1881 and 1882, city directories list the studio only as Cramer Photography.

There is a fine bio on Gustav Cramer at Historic Camera

St Louis, Mo, City Directory -
1867, 1868, 1869

Saint Louis (MO) Post Dispatch - 05 Jul 1895



Photographer Cramer
St Louis, MO
Source unknown

photographer: Cramer
St Louis, MO
Example found on auction site

Photographer: Cramer
St Louis MO
example found on pinterest, no source shown

This is a cdv credited to
Cramer, Gross and Co of St Louis, MO
image of reverse not available
example from auction site

Six CDV examples

slightly enhanced
photographer: Gustave Cramer
1001 South Fifth
St. Louis, MO

reverse of the CDV at the left

photographer: Gustave Cramer
1001 South Fifth
St. Louis, MO

Reverse of CDV at the left

photographer: Cramer and Gross and Company
1200 and 1264 South Fifth Street
St. Louis, MO


photographer: Gustave Cramer
1001 South Fifth
St. Louis, MO

reverse of CDV at the left

photographer: Gustave Cramer
1001 South Fifth
St. Louis, MO

reverse of CDV at the left

photographer: Cramer and Gross and Company
1200 and 1264 South Fifth Street
St. Louis, MO


photographer: Cramer
St Louis, MO
example from auction site
CALIFORNIA

These examples are probably by Charles L Cramer.

This Cramer has not yet been connected to the Cramer of St Louis, MO. Research pending.


photographer: Cramer
San Francisco, CA

photographer: Cramer
402 Kearmy Street, San Francisco, CA
example from auction site

photographer: Cramer
402 Kearmy Street, San Francisco, CA
example from auction site
(This card is owner dated 1888)


photographer: Cramer
402 Kearney Street, San Francisco, CA
example from pinerest

photographer: Cramer
402 Kearney Street, San Francisco, CA
example from pinerest

Kansas

Cherryvale, KS, is nearly four hundred miles from St Louis, MO. No records have been found to show that Gustav Cramer ever worked beyond Saint Louis, MO.

Note that this card also advertises: Headquarters for fine pianos and organs on easy monthly payments



photographer: Cramer Brothers
over Post Office, Cherryvale, KS
example from auction site

photographer L F Cramer
Cherryvale, KS
example from auction site


PENNSYLVANIA

These examples are probably by A L Cramer of Pennsylvania.

This Cramer has not yet been connected to the Cramer of St Louis, MO. Research pending.


photographer: Cramer
312 Main Street, Carbondale, PA
example from auction site

photographer: Cramer
Carbondale, PA
example from auction site

photographer: Cramer
312 Main Street, Carbondale, PA
example from auction site
WISCONSIN

These examples are probably by either John Cramer or Joseph Cramer. Both worked in Wisconsin.

This Cramer has not yet been connected to the Cramer of St Louis, MO. Research pending.


photographer: Cramer
Grafton, WI
example from auction site

photographer: Cramer
Grafton, Wisconsin
example from auction site

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 LOST GALLERY.

Some examples on this page have been enhanced or restored for clarity and presentation here.

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2 comments:

  1. I have come across a book of Cramer and Gross cabinet cards. Interestingly, one of the cards indicates a studio at 333 S Fourth Street (not S Fifth Street) as indicated above.

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment. That is odd. I can find no evidence that they ever had a studio, one block away at 333 on Fourth Street, but that does not mean they didn’t. It appears Cramer and Gross were in transition that year from 333 S Fifth to 1264 S Fifth. I added clips to the page of the city directory and business directory for 1866. Note the 1866 business directory shows 1264 S Fourth and not Fifth. Then the 1867-1869 city directories show the address as 1264 S Fifth. Unfortunately, misprints are not uncommon in city directories but it would be very hard to imagine them misprinting their own cards. But, stranger things have happened. You have a rare card there, indeed! Maybe someone else will turn up a card with the South Fourth address.

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