Saturday, January 19, 2019

Central Gallery of Mississippi



Photographer: Central Gallery
405 23rd Ave, Meridian, MS

There are only nine city directories available for Meridian, Mississippi. In 1899, 1904, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1918 and 1921 there was NO photograph Gallery listed for 405 23rd av. For all of those years there was a photographer listed in the 400 or 500 block of 23rd. Sometimes there was more than one. Several years there was a photographer at 403 ½ 23 but it was not listed as “Central Gallery.”

Meridian Mississippi
CITY DIRECTORY LISTINGS FOR PHOTOGRAPHER

1899
Brookshire Matthews & Co, 403 23rd Av
Clark J B, 2315 4th
Lewis W P, 517 34th Av
Thompson, J Mrs, 2208 ½ 5th

1904
Clark’s Studio, 2313 ½ 4th
Phelps, J P, 2210 ½ 5th
Thames, B C, 403 23rd av

1908
Clark’s Studio, 601 23rd av
Clark C F, 1108 4th
Phelps, J P, 2210 ½ 5th
Southworth T, 501 ½ 23rd
Thames & Brookshire, 403 ½ 23rd av

1910
Clark’s Studio, 5th st & 23 av
Phelps, J P, 2210 ½ 5th st
Thames, B C, 403 ½ 23rd

1911
Clark, J B, 501 23rd av
Hammond-Cockrell Studio, 2205 ½ 5th
Thames Studio, Brookshire bldg
Phelps Studio, 2210 ½ - 2212 ½ 5th

1913
Blanks, Edward, 2410 5th
Clark, J B, 501 ½ 23 av
Elite Studio, 2205 ½ 5th
Hammond Cockrell Studio, 2210 ½ 5th
Thames Studio, Brookshire bldg.

1915
Clark J B, 501 ½ 23rd av
Hammond Studio, 2210 ½ 5th
Rayner Studio, 403 ½ 23rd av
Stokes Studio, 2205 ½ 5th

1918
Clark J B, 403 ½ 23rd av
Hammond Studio, 2210 ½ 5th
Stokes Studio, 403 ½ 23rd av

1921
Clark, John B, 403 ½ 23rd av
Hammond, J A, 710 23rd av
Stokes, W E, 404 23rd av
Van Dyke Studio, 208 Arky bldg.
Following William Carroll Brookshire and James T Matthews turned up a few more records.

William Carroll Brookshire
(1830-1910)

Timeline
1830 Nov 15
Pickens, Al, state records. US census, W C Brookshire is born to Thomas F Brookshire and Matilda Giles
1850
Lowndes, MS, US census Brookshire as Planter
1866 Jan
Mississippi, tax list, Brookshire as photographer
1867 Jul 02
Sumner AL, state records, W C Brookshire marriage to Mary C “Mollie” Crane
1870 Jul 18
Meridian, MS, US census Brookshire as photographer
1880 Jun 07
Meridian, MS, US census Brookshire as photographer
1899
Meridian, MS, city directory W C Brookshire as photographer with Brookshire and Mathews at 403 23rd av
1900, 1902, 1903, 1905-1907, 1909
Meridian MS, city directory not available; 1899 is the earliest
1900 Jun 04
Meridian, MS, US census Brookshire as photographer
1901
Meridian, MS, city directory Brookshire as photographer with Brookshire and Thames at 403 23rd
1904
Meridian, MS, city directory Brookshire listed with no occupation shown
1908
Meridian, MS, city directory Brookshire no occupation shown

1910 Apr 23
Meridian, MS city directory, US census, Brookshire no occupation shown
1910 Sep 24
Meridian, MS, state records, William Carroll Brookshire dies at age 79

The only record found for Brookshire and Matthews together was in the 1899 Meridian, MS, city directory.

Matthews is listed only in that year at a rural address. He is listed in the city directory probably only because of his business association in the city. Brookshire continued on as photographer in Meridian, MS, but Matthews disappears.
1899
Meridian, MS, city directory W C Brookshire as photographer with Brookshire and Matthews at 403 23rd av
1899
Meridian, MS, city directory, James T Matthews as photographer with Brookshire and Matthews; res 1 Mile ne of city

And the listing still does not match the address on the cabinet card example here. Is the 405 address on the cabinet card a miss-print? Perhaps so. No other card found from this partnership bears that address.

It’s a good bet that the cabinet card featured here was done in 1899 or very near that year.

There were several examples found showing Brookshire and Matthews in the imprint. Note that NONE of them are exactly like the card at the top of the page. ALL of them list 403 23rd as the studio address not 405 Twenty-third. Some cards call the business “Central Gallery” while others call it “Central Art Gallery”.

So Brookshire and Matthews were together long enough to change their imprint at least four times.

photographer: Central Art Gallery
Brookshire, Matthews and Co
403 23rd Avenue, Meridian, Miss


photographer: Central Gallery
Brookshire, Matthews and Co
403 23 Avenue, Meridian, Miss


photographer: Central Art Gallery
Brookshire, Matthews and Co
403 23rd Avenue, Meridian, Miss

photographer: Central Gallery
Brookshire, Matthews and Co
403 23 Avenue, Meridian, Miss

photographer: Central Art Gallery
Brookshire, Matthews and Co
403 23rd Avenue, Meridian, Miss


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.

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