Monday, September 3, 2018

William Joseph Hillman



photographer: Hillman
Richland Center, WI

William Joseph Hillman
(7 Apr 1849 - 17 Apr 1921)

Sources: US census, Wisconsin territorial census,

No city directories are available for Richland City, WI so little can be assembled about the whereabouts of this photographer.

There are however an unusual quantity of examples of Hillman’s work to be found, mostly from the Richland County Digital History Room. It is a fine website with clean scans of Hillman’s work and includes documentation on many.

The card design varies and perhaps the design might suggest a time period for a given card. The attempt here is to group some of the cards by their imprint design and include the owner’s estimate on the time period the photograph was made. Their estimate will be based on knowledge of the subject in the photograph and family lore.

Perhaps it will narrow the date range of when a cabinet card was made. Keep in mind, the owner’s estimate might be ambiguous or even completely wrong.

Consider also that Hillman might have used more than one style during a time period.

Some examples were slightly cropped when scanned.

The examples below all came from the
Richland County Digital History Room


These three are very similar but not identical.


Owner estimate of date 1878-1890

Owner estimate of date: 1878-1912

Owner estimate of date: 1880-1889

Note that although the imprint is the same, two are plain edge and two are deckled edge.


Owner estimate of date: 1878-1890

Owner estimate of date: 1885

Owner estimate of date: 1890

Owner estimate of date: 1897

All of this design have a smooth edge.


Owner estimate of date: 1878-1898

Owner estimate of date: 1885

Owner estimate of date: 1888

Owner estimate of date: 1890

This one shows that Hillman was in partnership with a photographer named Leonard.


Owner estimate of date: 1878-1912

The card at the right is the only example found with this design.


Owner estimate of date: 1880


A single decorative line above the name imprint is typical of earlier designs.


Owner estimate of date: 1878-1912

Owner estimate of date: 1878-1912

Owner estimate of date: 1880-1889

This is the same style as the example at the top of the page.


Owner estimate of date: 1890

Owner estimate of date: 1878-1912

A single decorative line again but this time with a gilded edge.


Owner estimate of date: 1878-1912

Owner estimate of date: 1883

Note "Extra Finish" in an arched design. Note also that the last example in this row has no decorative line.


Owner estimate of date:1880-1889

Owner estimate of date: 1880-1889

Owner estimate of date: 1895

Owner estimate of date: 1887



Owner estimate of date: 1883-1889

Owner estimate of date: 1882-1889

Owner estimate of date: 1882-1889

Owner estimate of date: 1885

Three different styles in this row


Owner estimate of date: 1895

Owner estimate of date: 1885

Owner estimate of date: 1890

These have a single ruled line all the way around the card.


Owner estimate of date: 1890

Owner estimate of date: 1895

Owner estimate of date: 1895

Owner estimate of date: 1896

These all have a deckled edge


Owner estimate of date: 1890

Owner estimate of date: 1894

Owner estimate of date: 1894

Owner estimate of date: 1895


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.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Old stuff here...

About Me

My photo
I am 4' 3", eat small insects, dress in the dark and take annual showers.