James H Ringgold was a stone cutter most of his life in Quincy, Illinois. In about 1885 he and his wife Flora moved into a second floor apartment at 525 ½ Hampshire that had been the photograph studio of R M McCormick. For a short time after that, Flora ran the photograph studio as “Mrs James H Ringgold”.
In 1891, James and Flora are both listed as photographers in the Quincy city directory.
In the 1894 city directory, he alone is listed but with no occupation shown, and they have moved next door to 521 ½ Hampshire. (Or perhaps it is just a misprint.)
In 1896, James is listed again as a marble carver. In 1898 the city directory lists him again a photographer back at 525 ½ Hampshire, but NOT in the business pages, meaning he was probably working for another studio.
No subsequent documents mention either of the couple as photographers.
It looks like the Ringgold Studio operated from about 1885 through at least 1891. About six years. If you have a Ringgold cabinet card, it is one of a relative few. Few other examples have been found.
Example from mj aux on Flickr
This is the list of photographers from the business section of the Quincy, IL, city directory of 1889.
The Ringgold Studio is listed as
Mrs J H Ringgold
521 Hampshire (the publisher omitted all of the "1/2" designations from the addresses, for some unknown reason.)
Note here also at 403 1/2 Hampshire, in the next block, is Mrs W A Reed. This would be
Candace McCormick Reed.
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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