Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gilbert and Bacon




Photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
40 N 8th ST. and 820 Arch St
Philadel'a


reverse of the card at the left

Gilbert & Bacon Studio and Gilbert Studios Inc

William Frank Bacon (1870 - 1900)
Conrad Miller Gilbert (1847 - 1911)
Milton Hemperly ( - )
Frank T. Bacon ( - )

The Gilbert and Bacon studio was responsible for many portraits of actors, athletes and other celebrities in the cabinet card era. Surviving photographs are sometimes valued in the hundreds of dollars. Their success might also be measured by the fact that no newspaper advertising was found for either, Also Gilbert appears to have owned some race horses and was mention in several places about attending races.

Accounts of the life of William Frank Bacon do not always agree exactly. The following timeline gathers what seems to be the best accounting of the studios that involved W F Bacon and C M Gilbert

There are several examples of the work of Gilbert and Bacon studios at
Cabinet Card Gallery

Timeline
Sources: US census, city directories,
Historical Ziegfield Group
New Found Photography
Broadway.cas.sc.edu

1843 Jun 06
Bangor, ME, William Frank Bacon was born
1847 Nov 30
Conrad Miller Gilbert is born in Montgomery Co., PA
1865 - 1870
New York, NY, at the close of the US civil war W F Bacon began studying photography at the studio of Gurney and Son. He apparently worked in several studios in New York. Finally, W F Bacon joins the studio of A K P Trask at 40 N 8th st, Philadelphia, PA
1870 circa
Philadelphia, PA, A K P Trask invites Bacon to become partner in his studio at 40 n 8th st in Philadelphia
1875
Philadelphia, PA, the gallery of Trask is bought out by Conrad M Gilbert and the partnership of Gilbert and Bacon begins, operating at 830 (or 820) Arch st
- continued next row -



1878
Gilbert and Bacon admitted to membership in the Philadelphia Photographic Society
1883 Feb 28
Philadelphia, PA, 1900 US census, Philadelphia Times news item, Conrad Gilbert marries Clara B Underwood
1883
Philadelphia, PA, Milton R Hemperly of Providence, RI, joins the studio
1886
Philadelphia, PA, C M Gilbert leaves the partnership (one account says he retires) opening his own Gilbert Photography Inc. studio at 926 Chestnut; In addition to the studio at 830 Arch st, Bacon opens a second studio at 1030 Chestnut st and retains the business name Gilbert and Bacon Studio
1886-1900
Philadelphia, PA, W F Bacon operates the studio at 1030 Chestnut while Hemperly continues at the Arch st studio both under brand name Gilbert and Bacon
1893 (circa)
Philadelphia, PA, Conrad M Gilbert is credited alone on a cabinet card at 926 Chestnut
1893
Milton R Hemperly leaves the studio; W F Bacon has contracted Bright’s Disease and begins turning over the day to day operation of the Chestnut studio to his son Frank T Bacon with the assistance of Milton R Hemperly

1895
Philadelphia, PA, Hemperly buys the Arch st location and continues as an independent operator
1900 Sep 13
Philadelphia, PA, W Frank Bacon dies at home of Bright’s disease
1900 Jul
Philadelphia, PA, W F Bacon’s son Frank T Bacon takes over the studio at 1030 Chestnut st, with the assistance of Milton R Hemperly and others, maintaining the brand name Gilbert and Bacon
1900-1905
Philadelphia, PA, city directory C M Gilbert as photographer 926 Chestnut; res The Bartram
1908
Philadelphia, PA, city directory C M Gilbert as Pres of Gilbert Studio Inc; res 1210 Chestnut
1910-1911
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Conrad Gilbert as president; res 310 s 40th
1911 Jul 28
Conrad Miller Gilbert dies of chronic Bronchitis at Cap May, NJ
1912
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Gilbert Studios Inc at 926 Chestnut; Clara B Gilbert as president
1913
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Gilbert Studios Inc at 926 Chestnut; C B Gilbert pres, Herbert Lackman, vice pres;

1914
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Gilbert Studios Inc at 926 Chestnut; Clara B Gilbert listed as president of Gilbert Studio, 926 Chestnut; res The Bertram
1916 - 1921
Philadelphia, PA, city directory Gilbert Photography Inc, 926 Chestnut, operated by Clara B Gilbert (one listing as Sec/Treas); res The Bertram

Summary
The Gilbert and Bacon studio :
1875 - 1886 operated by C M Gilbert and W F Bacon
1887 - 1900 studio at 1030 Chestnut operated by W F Bacon
1886 - 1895 studio at 830 (or 820, depending on source) Arch operated by Milton Hemperly
1900 - ?- studio at 1030 Chestnut operated by Frank T Bacon

The Gilbert Studio Inc
1886 - 1911 studio at 926 Chestnut operated by C M Gilbert
1911 - ?- studio at 926 Chestnut operated by Clara B Gilbert


Philadelphia Inquirer - 29 Jul 1911

St Louis and Canadian Photographers
vol 24 - 1900


It appears that the photographer Conrad Gilbert might have been a bit high strung.


Following are some examples found on various auction sites

This one is dated 1892



photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
1030 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
1887-1900
From the collection of KEN on Flickr

photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
Philadelphia
example from Cabinet Card Gallery

Photographer:
Gilbert & Bacon
40 n 8th and 820 Arc st, Philadelphia
Example from auction site


photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
820 Arch & 40 n 8th street, Philadelphia, PA
Probably finished around 1875
example from auction site


This one is dated 1888

photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
Philadelphia
example from auction site

photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
Philadelphia
example from auction site

photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
Philadelphia
example from auction site








photographer: Conrad Miller Gilbert
1126 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
Example from auction site

reverse of the card at the left

Photographer:
Gilbert & Bacon
40 n 8th and 820 Arch st
Philadelphia
New addition from LOST GALLERY

Photographer:
Gilbert & Bacon
40 n 8th and 820 Arch st
Philadelphia
New addition from LOST GALLERY


Gilbert and Bacon
1030 Chestnut St. and 820 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA
Finished probably between 1886 and 1900
example from an auction site

photographer: A K P Trask
1210 Chestnut

example from 19th Century Photographers
Gilbert works with Trask around 1865-1870

Reverse of the card at the left
update 30 Jul 2018

Gilbert and Bacon
1030 Chestnut St. and 820 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA
Finished probably between 1886 and 1900
example from an auction site


update 12 Aug 2018

trimmed at bottom
photographer Gilbert and Bacon
example from New York Library

photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
1030 Chestnut and 820 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA
Finished probably between 1886 and 1900
example from auction site

photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
40 n 8th & 820 Arch, Philadelphia, PA
example from Rssing.com, no source credit given
This card was probably finished around 1870
when Gilbert was still at 40 N 8th


photographer Gilbert and Bacon
820 Arch Street & 40 N 8th, Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

photographer Gilbert and Bacon
820 Arch Street & 40 N 8th, Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

photographer Gilbert and Bacon
820 Arch Street & 40 N 8th, Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

photographer Gilbert and Bacon
This is probably a reprint for novelty shops and carnivals
example from auction site


photographer Gilbert and Bacon
1030 Chestnut and 820 Arch, Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

Photographer: Gilbert and Bacon
820 Arch & 40 N 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Example from auction site


photogrpher: C M Gilbert
926 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

photogrpher: C M Gilbert
926 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

photographer: C M Gilbert
926 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
1912-1921
From the collection of KEN on Flickr

C M Gilbert studio
926 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site


photographer Gilbert and Bacon
926 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
example from auction site

photographer: The Gilbert Studio
926 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
1912-1921
From the collection of KEN on Flickr

photographer: C M Gilbert
926 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
example from Library Company of Philadelphia, digital collections




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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