Photographers of the 19th Century - Index

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  1. Just found this blog. Have no idea who created and manages it, but wonder if you accept additions and how you want that information sent? Jim.

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    1. Thanks Jim. Yes, I have added contributions outside of my own collection in the past. Using the email address found in the profile, (bottom of page) send a good scan of the face of your card and the reverse unless it is blank. Include any information you have about the date and place of origin of the cabinet card. I will research the photographer and add a page to the index. Thanks again.

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    2. I've been scanning and researching my family photos. They are extensive. Some of my ancestors apparently were rich before their children squandered it. lol. Anyway I've got a Google Picasa site with some of the scans (front and back) that you might find interesting. You may use them on this site. Here is a sharing link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/R84iFNkJiVEVoWP78
      They include Indiana photographers W. J. Conner (Roann), Lentz Brothers (Peru), E. R. Donaldson (Wabash), Harvey (Greenfield), H. T. Biel (Terre Haute), Devos (Warsaw) and Williams (Wabash). There is also a couple by H. M. Atherton of Topeka, Kansas - actually the two most interesting ones. I've tried researching these on Newspapers.com and other locations to help me date as very few (naturally) of the photos have dates or names associated with them. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm fairly confident almost ALL of the these photos are of the Wards and Schulers of Indiana. Mostly of the Wards. My Great grandmother Ella Ward (married name Schuler) had these in her photo album. I've not scanned the other side the family yet (Deming, Gray, Snyder/Schneider). Thanks!

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    3. Thanks Graysailor for your offer. I am always happy to add any examples of photographers to the Cabinet Card Photographer pages. Your link takes me to one photograph but I cannot figure how to get past that one. It has been a long time since I worked with Google Picasa. I'll get back to you when I figure it out.

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  2. Thank you for the detailed research you are doing! I have been researching 19th and early 20th century photographers who worked in East Liverpool, Ohio, also using newspapers ads and obituaries, city directories, family trees,etc. to piece together a chronological reference for each of their lives. One I am still somewhat stuck (finding him after 1930) on - a William Clarence Wells, who was born in Wisconsin in 1868 and operated Wells Studio in East Liverpool from about late 1905 to early 1922. Another website incorrectly connected "my" William Clarence Wells with the W C Wells in Margengo, Illinois, that you have featured. You have saved me a LOT of time with your account of WALTER C Wells so I can eliminate him as being the same photographer that I am researching.

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    1. Thanks, Penny for your kind words. It is your sort of recognition that makes the hours of research well spent. Only another researcher can appreciate the fascination and frustration of the work. We benefit from the mental exercise too. Thanks again and if you ever need another pair of eyes to look at/for something, let me know!

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  3. Wow! What a great resource! I have a portrait from Cumming & Son, Corsicana, Texas. It is of my great grandfather, his brother and mother. I'm guessing to date close to 1890. I have been trying to track down if this picture was actually taken in Corsicana, as that may alter some of my family research. If you have a way to confirm that this business was in fact in Corsicana (versus was some kind of traveling studio), I would certainly appreciate it!

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    1. Thanks for your interest. Cumming had ten children but only one son worked with him in Corsicana, TX. Please email a good scan of the face and reverse of your cabinet card including the edges and I will add a page to the web site for this interesting photographer. A clear photograph of your card will do as long as there is no glare or shadows to obscure the image. Credit for the photograph will be given in any way you prefer. Email to phase65 at yahoo dot com.

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  4. I am trying to find who owned the cabinet card photo that says Texas Art Co. on left side and on the right side it says Chariot Studio. I have tried to find it and where it was, but no luck.

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    1. That's a good question. I don't know. I will look into it and if I find anything, I will get back to you.

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  5. I am doing genealogy for my son-in-law's family and have a photo of an unknown WWI Army soldier in uniform and the photo mounting has Bell Girard Kansas. Certainly it was taken sometime after his registration on June 5, 1917 in Brazilton, Kansas. This is near Girard, Ks and was probably the closest photographer. I will e-mail you the photo in hopes you can add it to your site. Would there be any records or negatives from the photographer's shop that may still survive somewhere, perhaps at a local genealogy library since this would be about 100 years old or more. Love what you are doing. Thank you for your work. Drenda

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  6. If I were to send you a photo would you be able to guess an approximate date? How can I get it to you?

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    1. I could give it a try. Email address in in the profile at the bottom of this page.

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  7. I have lots of these old photos from San Francisco, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles. In some I know who the people are, others I don't. The logos are often quite lovely. I think if I can find out when or where the photographer was in business, I might be able to determine who some of the other (family) people are. Would they be helpful to you to enlarge your database, or are you pretty full already of businesses to research? kjn

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    1. Thanks very much for your offer. Yes, there have been several guest contributions to the collection. To the address found in the profile, email a good scan, including the edges. The edges sometimes tell something about the age. Send one scan at a time and include any details you may have about the card that might contribute to the time frame. A scan of the reverse is not necessary unless it is imprinted with the photographer’s name and address or shows information that will assist in dating. Each photographer will be given a unique page showing research is pending. That can take a least a day but usually several.

      Also include how you would like the contribution credited. This could be anything from a coded screen name to an email address or a link to another web site.

      Thanks again for your generous offer. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  8. Hello, I recently bought at auction a photograph or etching that is on a cabinet card of Abraham Lincoln. The bottom of the card has Gross 1001 S. B'Way St. Louis Mo. which I presume has to be Julius Gross. I know that he worked with Gustav Cramer starting in 1864, however ever cabinet card that I have seen so far of them working together was #1 at a different address, and #2 did not have the same subheader at the bottom. Can you tell me possibly when he would have used just the "Gross 1001 S. B'Way" Subheader so that I can narrow down the date of when this was created?

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    1. The back side of the cabinet card is printed "The Picture from which this Photo. is made, is in possession of Mr. Henry Kuhleman, 704 S. 6th Street, St. louis. Address him for information"

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    2. Thanks for your note. I am working on a page for Julius Gross. I should have something finished in a few days. Gross took over the studio at 1001 s Broadway in about 1888 after Cramer went into the photographic supplies business exclusively. I can’t find much on the Broadway address after 1902. Send a clean scan or photo of your card, including edges, and I’ll include it on the page.

      My email address is in the profile at the bottom of the page.

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