Wednesday, May 15, 2019

William H Martin

Photographer: Martin
226 S Main Street
Ottawa, Kansas

William H. Martin
born in Illinois
(Ottawa city directory) Martin as photographer with E. H. Corwin in Ottawa
(US Census) Martin and Goldie A. MacDonald marry
(In-Between website) Martin buys Corwin studio (actually Corwin probably just moves out)
(US Census) as photographer in Ottawa, KS
(Ottawa city directory) as photographer at 226 s Main, Ottawa, KS (Corwin studio at 209 s Main)

(Web Sources) Martin issues first “Tall Tale” postcard
(Web Sources) Closes photo studio to concentrate on postcard business
(US Census) as photographer but soon closes the studio to concentrate on the postcard business; wife Goldie dies
(Web Sources) about here Martin sold off the comic post card business
(US Census) as merchant
(Ottawa city directory) as National Sign co at 1204 s Main
(FindaGrave) dies in Ottawa, KS

Photographer Martin
Ottawa, KS
example from S Tennant

written on face: Copyright W H Martin
(one could speculate that Martin did not actually take this photograph)

Reverse of card just above
Photographer: Martin
Ottawa, KS
example from S Tennant

Here are three examples of the "Exaggerated Post Cards" developed by William H. "Dad" Martin

Example of William H. "Dad" Martin Exaggerated Postcard

photographer: Leonard and Martin,
Topeka, KS
example from Cass County Historical Society

Reverse of the card at the left

photographer: Leonard and Martin
Example from auction site

At the left are two examples of cabinet cards from the studio of Leonard and Martin. It would be easy to assume that this is J H Leonard of Topeka, KS, partnered with Wm H “Doc” Martin of Ottawa, KS, since Ottawa is only about 40 miles from Topeka.

It is not, however.

This is the partnership of James H Leonard and Henry T Martin, both of Topeka, KS. This partnership was in effect in 1874 through 1880 with the studio at 187 Kansas av. The studio was at 237 Kansas av, 1882 through 1885, but by 1887 they had each opened separate galleries, Leonard at 613 Kansas and Martin at 721 Kansas, in Topeka.

Photographer: James H Leonard
613 Kansas, Topeka, KS
Leonard's studio was at 613 Kansas between
1887 and 1909
example from Cass County Historical Society

reverse of cabinet card at the left

Photographer Leonard and Martin
Topeka, KS
example from auction site

photographer: Martin's Art Gallery
Ottawa, KS
example from

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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