Wednesday, October 30, 2019

James R Bell





Photographer: Bell
Eastside Square, Girard, Kans.
probably finished bu James R Bell between 1888 and 1896

In the late 19th century, there were TWO photographers named Bell in the tiny town of Girard, KS,: Zelda M Bell and James R Bell.

And there were four people named James R Bell living in eastern Kansas in the late 1800’s. There was a preacher, a cattleman and a publisher as well as the “east side” photographer James R Bell. Keeping them separated was no mean task.

James R Bell
(1859-1924)

1859
Indiana, various records, James R Bell is born
1888
Girard, KS, news item from 1890 Jun 12, says Bell was operating as photographer at this time
1890 Jan 09, 16
Girard (KS) Press, news items say J R Bell of Girard, KS, is opening a branch studio in Erie, KS
1890 May 20
Lyons (KS) Republican item describes J R Bell as publisher
1890 Jun 12
Girard (KS) Press, J R Bell as the “east side” photographer

1894 Apr 06
Walnut (KS) Journal news item says J R Bell studio is taken over by George C Rager
1894 Apr 15, 19, 24, 26
Girard (KS) Daily World, small ad puts J R Bell, East Side Gallery, at northeast corner of square
1894 Sep 16
Girard (KS) Daily World, news item says J R Bell, East Side photographer has opened a gallery in Pittsburg, KS
1896 Mar 12
Girard (KS) Press, item says J R Bell has redecorated the Girard gallery
1896 Apr 30
Girard (KS) Press, item says J R Bell has installed a Merry-go-round at his studio
1896 Dec 04, 05, 15, 17, 19, 29
Weir City (KS) Daily Sun, small display ad for J R Bell studio over post office
1897 Feb 04
Pittsburg (KS) Daily Tribune, item indicates Mrs Bell, who was apparently running the Pittsburg studio, has sold the studio
1899 Jul 07
Yates Center (KS) Woodson County Advocate, item says J R Bell is now living in Columbus, KS

1899 Dec 21
Columbus (KS) Modern Light, news story shows J R Bell is now working for the Columbus Marble Works but apparently maintains the photography business
1902 Feb 25
Cherryvale (KS) Republican, news item says J R Bell, the photographer is on a business trip to Elk City, KS
1902 Mar 15
Cherryvale (KS) Republican news item says Nina daughter of Mr and Mrs J R Bell was ill
1902 Mar 27
Cherryvale (KS) Republican news item says Bell and Doyle Marbel dealers have been succeeded by J R Bell and son
1903 Apr 22
Cherryvale (KS) Republican, small display ad for Bell’s Studio, NO ADDRESS SHOWN
1906 Apr 26
Arcadia (KS) Times, news item says J R Bell and Miss Della Kalm are married on 20 Apr 1906
1914 Jun 24
Alva (OK) Daily Pioneer, news item says that W A Bradley who worked at the Bell Studio for about 2 years is now leaving the city


1919 Jan 08
Parsons (KS) Daily Sun item says Mrs J R Bell and daughter Harriet came from Mound Valley (KS) to winter with other daughter Mrs S L Busby of Parsons. KS
1919 June 05
Atoka (OK) Indian Citizen Democrat item says J R Bell is in law suit with S W Cole
1921 Jun 24
The Claremore (OK) Messenger item says Mr and Mrs Bell of Bell Studio are visiting Springfield MO
1921 Dec 01
Holdenville (OK) Hughes County Tribune, item says J R Bell is being treated for injuries from explosion
1923 Oct 11
Claremore (OK) Messenger item says J R Bell of Bell Studio is in Mineral Springs, TX, for health
1923 Oct 11
Claremore (OK) Messenger item says J R Bell of Bell Studio departed Tuesday for Old Mexico where he will spend the winter for health
1923 Oct 25
Claremore (OK) Messenger item says J R Bell has returned to Claremore from Mineral Wells, TX
1924
Claremore, OK, J R Bell dies at age 65

Girard (KS) Press - 16 Jan 1890

There were many news blurbs and small ads. Only a few are presented here.

So it can be shown that James R Bell operated a studio in Girard, KS between 1888 and 1896. There may have been a Bell studio in Girard a bit before and a bit later too but only these dates can be documented. The photograph here is embossed “East Side Square” so it is a good bet that it was done by J R Bell and not Zelda Mary Bell.

Girard (KS) Press - 12 Jun 1890


Girard (KS) Press - 05 Feb 1891


Girard (KS) Press - 12 Feb 1891

Girard (KS) Press - 12 Mar 1891


Pittsburg (KS) Weekly World - 07 Dec 1893


Walnut (KS) Journal - 06 Apr 1894

Girard (KS) Daily World - 24 Apr 1894


Girard (KS) Daily World Sun - 16 Sep 1894


Girard (KS) Daily Press - 09 Mar 1895


Girard (KS) Press - 12 Mar 1896



Girard (KS) Press -
30 Apr 1896


Pittsburg (KS) Daily tribune -
20 May 1897


Weir City (KS) Daily Sun -
05 Dec 1896


Pittsburg (KS) Daily tribune -
04 Feb 1897

Columbus (KS) Modern Light - 21 Dec 1899

Cherryvale (KS) Republican -
27 Mar 1902


Cherryvale (KS) -
22 Apr 1903


Claremore (OK) Messenger -
24 Jun 1921


Claremore (OK) Messenger -
25 Oct 1923





photographer: Howard and Bell
Girard, KS
example from pinterest

The card at the left is by Howard and Bell, photographers at Girard, KS. It is not known at this time which Bell, James or Zelda, this was. It has not been determined which Howard this is either. There are a couple possibilities.

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.

This page is free for educational and research purposes only but, as always, if the original owner of any of these examples objects to the use on this page, just let me know and they will be immediately removed.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Buck and Fritz



photographer: Buck and Fritz
Nicolette Island,
Minneapolis, Minn


reverse of the card at the left

John J Fritz
(1868 - aft 1906)
Timeline sources: US census, Minnesota census, city directories

1868 Jul
Minnesota John J Fritz is born to Andrew Fritz and Mary N
1894
St Cloud, MN, city directory as photographer at St Germain; res 927 13th
1895
St Cloud, MN, MN state census as photographer
1896
St Cloud, MN, city directory as photographer at St Germain nw cor 7th; res 927 13th
1897
St Cloud, MN, city directory as photographer at 701 ½ St Germain; res same
1899, 1900, 1903
St Cloud, MN, city directory and US census as photographer at 701 ½ St Germain; res 418 5th av s
1905
St Cloud, MN, MN state census as photographer; res 418 5th av s

1906, 1908
St Cloud, MN, city directory as photographer at 609 ½ St Germaine; res 418 5th av s
1910
St Cloud, MN, city directory as photographer with The Fritz Studio (with Frank X Fritz) at 24 7th av s; res 418 5th av s
1912
St Cloud, MN, city directory as photographer at Fritz Studio with brother Frank X Fritz, 24 7th av s
1913 - 1927
there are no St Cloud, MN, city directories available
1918 Jul 28
St Cloud, MN Find A Grave, John J Fritz dies in Olmstead Co, MN

St Cloud (MN) Times - 18 Jul 1939

Elmer Ellsworth Buck
(1863 - 1940)

Timeline sources: US census; city directories, newspaper items as noted

1863 Oct 03
High Forrest, MN, Elmer Elsworth Buck was born to Edward D Buck and Sarah Marie Scott
1887
Minneapolis, MN city directory NOT listed (Albert Buck is listed as photographer at 257 7th av n
1890
Minneapolis, MN, city directory NOT listed
1894
Minneapolis, MN state records daughter Evelyn M Buck is born
1897, 1898
Minneapolis, MN city directory as artist with I E Burt Co; res 3901 Thomas av s
1899
Minneapolis, MN, city directory as sec-treas for Clark Portrait Co; res 3901 Thomas av s
1900 Jun 13
Minneapolis, MN, US census as portrait artist
1902 -1905
Minneapolis, MN, city directory with Adrian Studio; res 3901 Thomas av s
1905 Jun 16
Minneapolis, MN, MN state census as artist

1906
Minneapolis, MN, city directory NOT listed
1907, 1908
Minneapolis, MN, city directory as artist at 3901 Thomas av s; res same
1909
Minneapolis, MN, city directory as artist at 112 s 5th (same business address as Jacob Harris)
1910 Sep 07
Minneapolis, MN, US census as artist
1910, 1911
Minneapolis, MN city directory as artist at “Buck and Harris” (Jacob Harris) studio at 406 s 9th
1912
Minneapolis, MN, city directory as photographer at 309 Nicolette av; res Wayzata L M
1913 - 1915
Minneapolis, MN city directory as artist at 503 ½ Hennepin av
1916
Minneapolis, MN city directory “Moved to Zillah, WA”
1920 Jan 24-26
Yakima, WA, US census as fruit farm labor (living on farm)
1920 Jan 26-27
Yakima, WA, US census as no occupation given (staying on Fruit Farm with daughter Evelyn and family)

1930
Seattle, WA, US census as janitor
1940 Apr 26
Tenino, WA, US census as apartment manager
1940 Dec 21
Rochester, WA, Elmer Buck died

Elmer Buck seems to quit photography completely in 1915 and move to Washington state.

Although there is almost a year by year accounting of the locations of E E Buck, there is no mention of being partners with John J Fritz. The only hint is the Buck residence in 1912, at 309 Nicolette av which is a few blocks from Nicolette Island. Nicolette Island is in the Mississippi River which runs between Minnesota and Wisconsin at Minneapolis. But that is when John Fritz is engaged in business with his brother Frank X Fritz. Still, keeping the studio in St. Cloud,Fritz could have partnered with E E Buck for a short term in 1912. It’s possible; it’s speculation.

The only sure conclusion is that the partnership of Buck and Fritz was a short one.


St Cloud City Directory ad from 1903


The two cards at the right were done by Ella L Buck. So far, no connection has been made to Elmer Ellsworth Buck.


photographer: Ella L Buck
Fort Atkinson, WI
Example from auction site

photographer: Ella L Buck
Fort Atkinson, WI
Example from auction site

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.

Bishop Brothers



Photographer: Bishop Bros.
Altoona, PA.
example from LOST GALLERY
Henry Theodore Bishop (1853-1917) and three sons, James E. (1860-), Theodore (1852-) and William N.(1849-) were all photographers working mainly in Philadelphia, Altoona and Chambersburg, PA, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studios were named Bishop, H. T. Bishop, and Bishop Bros.

The most consistent of these was Henry Theodore Bishop who remained in the photography business for many years.

It appears there were as many as five other photographers named Bishop around the turn of the 19th century. Only one, Isaac R. Bishop actually worked in the Philadelphia area. Others were in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Washington DC.

There is some additional information at
Cabinet Card Gallery


photographer: James E Bishop
905 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D C
example from auction site

reverse of card at left


photographer: H T Bishop
Minneapolis, MN
example from vtg antiques

photographer: Bishop Bros.
Syndicate Block, Minneapolis, MN
Example from Cabinet Card Gallery

reverse of card at left

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.

This page is free for educational and research purposes only but, as always, if the original owner of any of these examples objects to the use on this page, just let me know and they will be immediately removed.

Charles Hall BoDurtha


photographer; Bodurtha
Delaware, OH

reverse of card at the left

Charles Hall Bodurtha
(1844 - 1915)

Not all records agree on the spelling:
BoDurtha/Bodurtha

Sources: History of Delaware County and Ohio (HDC), US census, 1905 city directory,
1844 Jan 11
Birkshire County, MS, state records, Charles Hall BoDurtha is born to Daniel Bodurtha and Deborah Hall
1855 to 1860
Hudson, NY, US census, studies photography, mentor unknown
1863
History Delaware County, moves to Bridgeport, CN, and opens first gallery at age 19, “short time”
1864 est
History Delaware County, moves to Venezuela working as photographer
1866 est
History Delaware County, leaves Venezuela and travels on an English ship as artist for 16 months

1868 est
History Delaware County, locates in Columbus OH (no documents have been found to pinpoint exactly when)
1869 est
History Delaware County, Delaware, OH, BoDurtha is employed at gallery of T A Beach eventually becoming part owner and then exclusive owner
1873 May 15
Vinton Record (McArthur OH) indicates Bodurtha was in partnership with Beach
1873 Oct 21
St Louis, MO, state records, Bodurtha and Amy H Simmons marry
1874 Sep 09
Delaware, OH, state records, son Walter Hotchkiss Bodurtha is born
1880
History Delaware County, Delaware, OH, BoDurtha has own gallery
1884
Delaware, OH, state records, daughter Natalie Louise Bodurtha is born
1900 Jun 04
Delaware, OH, US census C H Bodurtha as photographer; res 175 Franklin


1905
Dekaware, OH, city directory Bodurtha as photographer at 57 n Sandusky; res 175 n Franklin
1910
Delaware, OH, US census BoDurtha as photographer; res as “165” Franklin
1915 Sep 26
Delaware, OH, county, state records, Charles H Bodurtha dies at age 71
1915 to 1954
Delaware, OH, US census, city directory, Natalie Louise Bodurtha continues operating the Bodrutha Studio at 57 ½ N Sandusky, and after about 1930, at 23 w Winter, until her death in 1954

Charles H Bodurtha had a studio in Delaware, OH, starting in about 1880 and carried on by his daughter Natalie Bodurtha until 1954. The card at the top of this page does not show a studio address so it could have been done at any time within those dates. The monogram at the bottom, center, says “C H B” so it was most probably done before his death in 1915 but studios have been known to use up preprinted stock even years later.

The style of the card indicates 1900 or after.

If a card is fortunate enough to have a studio address printed on it, closer dating should be possible.

Vinton Record (McArthur, OH) - 15 may 1873


Photographer: BoDurtha
Delaware, OH
example from Slices of Time


photographer: BoDurtha
Delaware, OH
example from auction site

photographer: BoDurtha
Delaware, OH
example from auction site

photographer: BoDurtha
Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH
example from auction site

reverse of card at left


photographer: BoDurtha
Delaware, Ohio
example from auction site

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.

William Henry Boardman



photographer Boardman
Union Block, Trumansburg, NY
(probably finished between 1890 and 1896)

William H Boardman
(1869-1943)

Looking at the records, from about 1900 until his death in 1943, William Henry Boardman was often listed as a photographer, his residence and studio at 1060 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

He was not, however, a photographer during that time. He was a photo-finisher, a term probably unfamiliar in those days.

The records are rather thin before that. One Ithaca, NY, city directory record does place him firmly as photographer in Trumansburg, NY, in 1890. That lasted perhaps until about 1897. He may have worked in other small towns in the area also.

He seems to have tried other employments around the turn of the century, 1900. Between 1898 and 1903 he worked with Eastman Kodak, Mohawk Camera Company and he may also have worked as photographer for other studios. But, after that he works at 1060 South Avenue for the next 40 years as a photo finisher.

There were at least two other photographers named Boardman in upper New York state about the same time. There was George Boardman and B D Boardman of Seneca Falls, NY. (See example below) So far nothing has been found to place either of these Boardman’s in Ithaca, NY or connect either of them with William Herbert Boardman of Rochester, NY.

The cabinet card shown here was likely done in that early time around 1897 when William H Boardman was in Ithaca, NY, working as a photographer.

1869 Mar 12
District of Columbia, US and NY census, W H Boardman is born to Myron Boardman and Almira L Huestis
1870 through 1882
Ithaca, NY, city directory not available
1883
Ithaca, NY, city directory, W H Boardman NOT listed
1884 through 1887
Ithaca, NY, city directory not available
1888
Ithaca, NY, city directory, W H Boardman NOT listed

1889
Ithaca, NY, city directory not available
1890
Ithaca, NY, city directory, W H Boardman as photographer IN Trumansburg, NY
No records have been found to place Boardman between 1891 and 1897. It is speculation but he probably moved to Trumansburg, NY, which had no city directory.
1895, 1896
Rochester, NY, city directory William H Boardman NOT listed
1896
US census of 1900 says Boardman was married to Alice Mosher this year, location not known
1897, 1898
Rochester, NY, city directory William H Boardman as “operator” at 343 State; res 8 Stone Park
1898
Rochester, NY, NY State records, birth of daughter Albertine
1899
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as “shipper” at 48 Stone; res 421 Plymouth av


1899 Nov 19
Buffalo (NY) Morning Express, item says Boardman has entered prints in a photo competition
1900
Rochester, NY, US census, William H Boardman listed with occupation rather illegible but could possibly be “Camera Maker”; res 421 Plymouth
1900
Rochester, NY, city directory, William H Boardman, 248 Mill; res 421 Plymouth (not in business pages)
1901
Rochester, NY, city directory, William H. Boardman, 421 Plymouth av (not in business pages)
1902, 1903
Rochester, NY, city directory, William H. Boardman as photographer, res 421 Plymouth av (not in business pages)
1904 - 1908
Rochester, NY, city directory, Wm Boardman as photographer; res 1060 South av; (not in business pages)
1910 - 1914
Rochester, NY, city directory, Wm Boardman; res 1060 South av, NOT listed in business pages

1915
Rochester, NY, NY state census, W H Boardman as photographer; 1060 South av; occupation “Photo Work”
1915 - 1919
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; NOT listed in business pages
1920 not available
1921 through 1935
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; listed in business pages as “photographer”
1936 - 1939
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; Business pages not available
1940, 1941
Rochester, NY, city directory Wm H Boardman as photographer at 1060 South av; res same; listed in business pages as “photographer”
1943 Jan 10
Rochester, NY, Find A Grave, W H Boardman dies at age 73; buried in Trumansburg, NY

Buffalo (NY) Evening News - 03 Feb 1900

Ithaca (NY) Journal - 19 Oct 1915


Rochester (NY) Democrat Chronicle - 28 Feb 1935


Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle - 12 jan 1943

Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle
- 06 Apr 1943



photographer Boardman
Union Block, Trumansburg, NY
example from FindAGrave website
(probably finished between 1890 and 1896)

photographer Boardman
Union Block, Trumansburg, NY
example from pinterest
(probably finished between 1890 and 1896)

The following poorly trimmed CDV is by photographer B D Boardman of Seneca Falls, NY. No connection has been made to William Henry Boardman of Trumansburg, NY.



photographer: B D Boardman
in Mirror Block, Seneca Falls, NY
example from pinterest


reverse of card at left

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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