Friday, January 31, 2020

Lucius William Harper



Card # 16 - photographer: Lucius Harper
1303 29th Street, Galveston, TX
finished between 1916 and 1928
(This is not a cabinet card. No cabinet card examples have been found.)

Lucius W Harper Sr
(1867 - 1920)
Lucius W Harper Jr
(1895 - 1962)

Sources: US census, city directories, draft registration card, death certificates,

1867 May 02

Findagrave and US Census, Lucius W Harper SR is born to Amos Harper and Amy William in Texas
1884
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as house mover; res ss av M ½ bt 29th, 30th
1886
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as scroll sawyer, artist; res 29th bt av M 1/2, N
1890
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR no occupation shown, res Winnie bt 33rd, 34th
1891
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR no occupation shown, res 2907 M ½
1893
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as artist; res 2907 av M ½

1895
Galveston, TX, US census, registration card, Lucius W Harper JR is born
1896, 1898
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as artist; res 2907 av M ½
1899
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as artist; res 1303 29th
1900
Galveston, TX, US census, Lucius Harper SR as artist; res 1303 29th
1901, 1908
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as artist; res 1303 29th
1910
Dallas, TX, city directory, US census, Lucius Harper SR as photographer; res 116 Allen st; Lucius Harper JR age 15, has no occupation
1911, 1912, 1913
Dallas, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as photographer at 1716 Allen; res same
1914
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR no occupation shown; res 1303 29th; Lucius Harper JR as photographer with Lilly and Harper, room 5, 421 ½ 25th; res 1303 29th; Matthew L Lilly res 1313 28th;

1916
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as photographer; Lucius Harper JR as photographer; both res 1303 29th
1919
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper SR as laborer, res 2901 av M, (listed with wife Mary); Lucius Harper JR as photographer; res 1303 29th (listed with wife Marietta)
(Also see 1919 classified ad below)
1920
Galveston, TX, death certificate, Lucius Harper SR dies at age 52, embolism and general paralysis; death certificate shows him as widowed, res 1303 29th
1923
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR, photographer; res 1303 29th; wife Texana listed
1924
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR at Harper’s Studio 1303 29th; Harper’s Studio has separate listing
1926, 1928
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR as photographer; studio at 1303 29th
1930
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR NOT listed


1932, 1934
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR as mech for Amos Harper; res 2904 av N
1936
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR as helper at Harper Radio Service; res 2902 av N
1938, 1939
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR as helper at Harper Radio Service; res 1303 29th
1941
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR NOT listed
1942
Galveston, TX, US draft registration, Lucius Harper JR res 1303 29th; Employer Davenport Garage
1943
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR as photographer; res 2904 av N
1945
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR as station man for Pretorius Ice Co; res 1324 26th
1947
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR as porter; 1314 26th

1949 Nov 14
Galveston (TX) Daily News legal publication says Lucius Harper JR, his brother Amos Harper and a widow Martha Cooper have been sued by the county and property seized for unpaid taxes, property to be sold for back taxes.
1949, 1951
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR NOT listed
1952
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR no occupation shown; res 2910 av N
1953, 1954
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius JR as laborer; 2910 av N
1555
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius W Harper JR is not listed
1956
Galveston, TX, city directory, Lucius Harper JR no occupation shown; res 2910 av N; no listing in business pages
1962 14 Apr
Galveston, TX, death certificate, Lucius William Harper JR dies at age 66 of a coronary occlusion; death certificate shows him as a retired photographer; res 2910 av N

As a recap, active periods for JR and SR:
Galveston, TX, 1303 29th: SR as artist, 1893 - 1908
Dallas, TX, 1716 Allen: SR as photographer, JR probably only assisting, 1910 - 1913
Galveston, TX, Rm 5 at 421 25th st: JR as photographer with Mathew Lilly, 1914
Galveston, TX, 1303 29th: JR and SR as photographers, 1916 - 1920
Galveston, TX, 1303 29th: JR as photographer, 1921 - 1928
Galveston, TX, 2904 av N: JR as photographer, 1943

The Harpers, Senior and Junior were photographers, off and on, from 1910 to 1943. No newspaper ads were found and only a few news items that might be connected with them.
Only a few examples of their work have been found.



Galveston (TX) Daily News - 13 Sep 1885


This is probably Amos, the brother of Lucius JR
Galveston (TX) Daily News - 24 Oct 1893

Galveston (TX) Daily News - 18 Jun 1896


Houston (TX) Post - 15 Mar 1904


Dallas (TX) Express - 31 May 1919

Galvestion (YX) Daily News - 14 Nov 1949




photographer: Harper & Co
Dallas
finished around 1910-1913

photographer: Lucius Harper
(third line illegible)
Calvert, TX
Unknown date

photographer: Harper and Company
2215 Market, Galveston, TX
920 Congress, Austin, TX
(Note: This is NOT the same Harper and Company as the first photograph on this row. This is more likely to be Thomas Jefferson Harper of Galveston.)


photographer: W L Harper (not L W Harper)
Ennis, Texas
This would be WIlliam L Harper, brother of Thomas Jefferson Harper (see card at left)

The following three examples are not cabinet cards and were probably finished by Lucius Harper JR after about 1910

photographer: Harper
Galveston, TX
example from IDS.EDU

photographer" Harper
Galveston, TH
example from auction site

photographer Harper
Galveston, TX
example from NMAAHC

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, they will be immediately removed.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Harper of Texas



Card #01 - Photographer: Harper
Corsicana, Bryan, Waxahachie,
Temple and Ennis


Card #02 - Photographer: Harper
Corsicana, Waxahachie, Calvert
Temple and Ennis

This page will serve as a catch-all for cabinet card photographs stamped Harper just to compare the cards. Individual histories of each of the THREE brothers Harper and Lucius Harper Senior and Junior can be reached through links on this page.

There is also a separate page for Lucius Harper and son.

Harper or “Harper and Co.” could have been any one of several photographers.

Dating a photograph by Harper or “Harper and Co.” will be difficult if not impossible. There is also the possibility that “Harper” is not the same photographer as “Harper and Co.”

Since the cabinet cards vary in the imprinted information perhaps there might be a way to discover which designs were used when. But quite likely the variations only designate WHERE they were produced.

Here are some variations of imprints on cabinet cards discovered thus far:
Harper - Corsicana, Texas
Harper - Corsicana, Bryan, Waxahachie, Temple and Ennis
Harper - Corsicana, Waxahachie, Calvert, Temple and Ennis
Harper - Ennis, Texas
Harper Galleries in Corsicana, Bryan, Temple, Navasota, Waxahachie,
        Calvert, & Ennis, Texas
Harper and Co. - Waco, Texas
Harper and Co. - Galveston and Austin, Texas
Harper and Co. - Houston, Texas
Harper and Co. - 507 1/2 Main Street. Houston, TX
Harper G. Co. - Galveston, Houston, & Dallas
Harper and Wisdom - Marshall, Texas

Some of these are obviously the same studio. The cards labeled Corsicana, Bryan, Waxahachie, Temple and Ennis are probably all the same photographer, or at least the same business. The cards stamped Galveston, Austin, Marshal, Houston and Dallas might be just branch offices or perhaps another Harper entirely.




Card # 03 - Photographer: Harper & Co.
Waco, Texas
And here is
ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH
By Harper & Co. of Austin and Galveston


Card # 04 - Photographer: William L Harper, Ennis, Texas
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same
Note the same props were used in # 05

This card was sent to LOST GALLERY by a contributor in Ennis, Texas who says the gentleman in the photograph is an (as yet) unknown member of the family.
This card also has an initial crest with the letters W. L. H.

Here are some of the Harper photographers found:
Lucius William Harper, Senior and Junior, of Galveston and Dallas
William D. Harper Clarendon, TX. (Catching Shadows by David Haynes; Taming the Land, 1890’s)
Thomas J. Harper, Dallas, TX (husband/wife team US Census 1910)
William L. Harper of Ennis, Texas (Newspaper item, see below)
Emmet L. Harper of Ennis, Texas (US Census 1910)

The main common factors is that they were all active in Texas, about the same time, 1880 - 1910.

Fort Worth (TX) Gazette - 16 Oct 1891

Houston (TX) Post - 23 May 1898


This is a set of cabinet cards from the site called Slices of Time. Each is by a photographer named Harper.
Click on the card to see full details of each.

Note these are very low resolution scans so they are not shown full size here. The design of the card and the towns listed in the imprint might help date some other cards.


Card # 05 - Photographer: ???per (Probably "Harper"),
Corsicana, Texas, No date estimate
This one would probably be by William L Harper. (See #4 above)

Card # 06 - Photographer: Harper Galleries in Corsicana, Bryan, Temple, Navasota, Waxahachie, Calvert, & Ennis, Texas
Date estimate: circa 1890


Card # 07 - Photographer: William L Harper, Ennis, Texas
No date estimate
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Card # 08 - Photographer: William L Harper, Ennis, Texas
No date estimate
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Card # 09 - Photographer: Harper & Co., Galveston, Houston, & Dallas
(too blurry to read)
No date estimate


Card # 10 - Photographer: Harper & Co., Galveston, Houston, & Ennis, Texas
date calculation: May of 1900
(subject's DOB and age shown on card)

Card # 11 - Photographer: Harper, Ennis, Texas
(this would be William L Harper)
No date estimate

Card # 12 - Photographer: Harper, Bryan/Ennis/Temple/Waxahachie, Texas
(This is likely William L Harper)
Date estimate circa 1895


Card # 13 - Photographer: William L Harper, Ennis, Texas
No date estimate
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Card #14 - Photographer: T. J. Harper, Temple, Texas
No date estimate


Card # 15 - photographer: Harper, Ennis, TX
(This would be William L Harper)
contributed by G Groth
Business imprint on #04, 07, 08, 13, and 15 are the same

Until more is known about how many photographers are involved here, the research will concentrate on Thomas Jefferson Harper and brothers William L Harper and Emmett Leander Harper. They were living in Ennis, TX, during the cabinet card era. William and Emmett apparently stayed in and around Ennis, TX, for most of their lives. Thomas Jefferson Harper moved to the Galveston, Houston area just before 1900 and continued in the business of photography there.

update 13 Oct 2018
There are some clues that suggest that the cards stamped "Harper" were done by either W L Harper or E L Harper. The cards stamped "Harper and Co" were done by T J Harper.

As more information is found on these photographers a separate page with biography and timeline will be developed on each.

More to follow



photographer: Harper and Company
Galveston and Houston, TX
example from Ancestry.com

photographer: Harper and Company
2215 Market Street, Galveston, Tx
and
507 1/2 Main Street, Houston, TX
& Ennis, TX
example from Langdon Road

photographer: Harper and Company
2215 Market Street, Galveston, Tx
and
920 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
example from M Snow

Note that the same rattan chair was used in the two baby pictures at the left. Both were possibly finished between 1896 and 1906 when there was a Harper studio at 2215 Market in Galveston, TX.

It can be shown that there was a Harper and Co. studio at 507 1/2 Main in Houston, TX, from 1899 to 1912. So the cabinet card stamped with both addresses must have been finished between 1899 and 1906.

No documents have been found yet to show when Harper had a studio in Austin, TX. Only a few Austin, TX, city directories are available.



photographer: Harper
Texarkana, TX
example from auction site

It is not known at this time which Harper had a studio in Texarkana, TX.


photographer: T J Harper
J M Willyard, operator
Bryan, TX
example from Charlie Perlitz

Probably finished around 1896 when Willyard was managing the Harper and Co Studio in Bryan, TX.




photographer: Harper (probably William L Harper)
branches at Bryan, Waxahachie, Temple, Calvert, Navasoto, Ennis and Corsicana, TX
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.

Monday, January 27, 2020

George I Pruden



Photographer: G. I. Pruden
Cortland, N. Y.

George I Pruden
(Sep 1856 - 1933)

This timeline was assembled from US Census, city directories and a small narrative on GenWeb by the grandson of G. I. Purden. There are some gaps but the locations are fairly clear.

1856
birth at Steuben, NY
1884 - 1885
as photographer 17-19 Main, Syracuse, NY;
1892
as photographer Cortland, NY
1893 May 17
sells gallery in Cortland, NY, to George Edwin Butler
1900 -1905
as photographer Seneca Falls, NY
1910
as photographer Buffalo, NY
1920
as photographer Jersey City, NJ
1922 - 1932
as salesman/solicitor White Plains, NY
1933
death (unconfirmed - wife listed as widow in 1934 city directory)

The cabinet card at the left might have been finished after about 1885 and before 17 May 1893.

Middletown (TX) Times - 19 Nov 1892


photographer G I Pruden
Cortland NY
example from auction site


photographer: Prudden
Jamestown, NY
example from auction site
(Note different spelling)

photographer: Prudden and Tompkins
Jamestown, NY
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.

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, they will be immediately removed.

William Jay Root


photographer: W. J. Root
Kimball Hall
243 Wabash Ave. Chicago

William Jay Root
(29 Dec 1854 - )

1854
Ohio, state records, William Jay Root is born to Joseph Adams Root and Cornelia Ann Gager
1876
Cleveland, OH, city directory, William J Root as photographer for W Hodges; bds at Friendly Inns
1880 Jun 15
Nashville, TN, US census William J Root as photographer
1882 Feb 25
Nashville, TN, state records, W J Root’s son Frederick Preston Root is born
1900 Jun 17
Chicago, IL, US census William Root as photographer
1902 – 1917
Chicago, IL, city directory William W J, Studio, as photographer at 726-28 Kimball Hall 243 Wabash
1918 – 1929
Chicago, IL, city directory William J Root Studio as photographer at 1610 Kimball Hall 306 Wabash
1930 Apr 05
Chicago, IL, US census William J Root as photographer at 310, 185 s Wabash

The death date is not known for W. J. Root but he seems to have still had a studio when he was 76 in 1930. The cabinet card here was probably finished between 1902 and 1918.


photographer: Root
243 Wabash, Chicago, IL
example from auction site
probably finished between 1902 and 1917



Emerson Ashton Root

Apparently in 1903 and 1905, the photography studio was also a bowling alley.

Note that Emerson’s brother Melville Root is also listed as photographer. He has no separate studio listing in the business pages so he was apparently working for another photographer at the time.

1903 Monmouth City Directory


photographer Root
Monmouth, IL
from the collection of KEN on Flickr

This one would be by E A Root who was the one who had a studio in Monmouth. Apparently both of his brothers William Henry and Melville E worked at the studio at one time or another.

This one is by William H Root. He was in Aledo, IL, for the US census of 1900. Records are a little sketchy before that. He was still in Monmouth, IL, for the 1880 US census.


photographer: Root, William H
Alido, IL
From the collection of Curt J on Flickr


Photographer: Root, Monmouth, IL
example from the collection of Paul Ashby


photographer: Root
Monmouth, IL
example from auction site

This photographer Root of Monmouth, IL, is not the same as William J Root of Chicago, IL. No family or business connection between the two has been found to date.

Emerson Ashton Root
(1853 - 1913)

E A Root seems to have never ventured from Monmouth, IL after moving there with his family when he was about five.

Nearly every document found relating to Emerson A Root, gives him a different birth date.

His father Henry E Root was listed in the 1870 US census as a photographer and in the 1860 US census as an Ambrotypist.

His father and both of his brothers, Melville and William H Root were photographers in one document or another, but Emerson Root seems to have been the only Root with a studio in Monmouth, IL, during the era of the cabinet card.

In the Monmouth, IL, city directories of 1903 and 1905, the photography studio was apparently also a bowling alley.

Emerson Root is documented as photographer from 1880 thru 1905. This photograph was probably done in the later part of that period.


photographer: Root
Monmouth, IL
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.

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