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20170325

Saturday's Child - Studio Pair


Two children in a studio

Hoping they are holding still enough.

Photographer:
F. Bradbrook
Red Cloud, Neb.

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20170324

Found Friday - Double D


In the past year, fewer and fewer “found” items, grocery lists, sticky tab notes, homework, love notes and reminders, have been turning up. I have no idea why this is. In times past, I have found at least one interesting scrap of paper on every trip out to the grocery store or a neighboring state. But the pickings have been slim to none lately. So, until the scavenging improves, you might find a particularly fine “found” photograph from over in LOST GALLERY on each Found Friday. Just to fill in the gaps.




Umm...Tarkey Panties?

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20170322

Nineteenth Century Photographers - Randolph Parker Bellsmith



LOST GALLERY is tracing the histories of a couple hundred photographers from the Cabinet Card era, about 1860 through about 1920. For many of these photographers there remains only sketchy information but a few left many details about their lives.

There are genealogy histories and newspaper clippings on some.

Some histories formed timelines showing where the photographer was working and when. This information will help researchers date old photographs in their family albums.

From time to time, Thinks Happen will feature one of the more interesting histories.

Today's photographer is Randolph Parker Bellsmith


Cabinet Card young boy
Photographer
R. P. Bellsmith
148 W 4th
Cincinnati, O.

Randolph Parker Bellsmith
(16 Feb 1857 - 11 May 1910)

Timeline
1857 born in London, England
1867 arrives in US (1910 census says 1881 but other evidence indicates that must incorrect)
1878 Buffalo (NY) Commercial news ad studio at 292 and 294 Main st
1879 Buffalo (NY) Commercial news ads many ads through the year for Samo and Bellsmith stueio at 292 and 294 Main st
1880 Buffalo (NY) Commercial news item mention Samo and Bellsmith studio
1883 marriage to Mary E. Donogh in Hamilton, Ohio
1884 Columbus, OH city directory as photographer for the Urlin Gallery
1886 Cleveland, OH city directory as photographer but working for another studio
1887 Oct 02 Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer ad for Marcaru and Bellsmith studio at 148 w Fourth st

1889 Sep 15 Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer ad for Marceau and Bellsmith studio
1890 - 1891 Cincinnati, OH city directory as photographer, Marceau and Bellsmith at 148 w Fourth
1892 Cincinnati, OH city directory Bellsmith had bought out Marceau in studio at 148 w Fourth
1895 Cincinnati, OH city directory Bellsmith has moved the studio from 148 w Fourth to 124 w Fourth
1910 dies at age 53 of Bright’s disease
1911 Cincinnati, OH city directory ad for Bellsmith studio at 122-124-126 w Fourth apparently carried on briefly by son Randolph Ormsby Bellsmith.

The cabinet card here must have been finished between 1892 and 1895 while the studio was located at
148 West 4th street.



Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer 02 Oct 1887

Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer 12 May 1910



To review all of the KNOWN photographers in LOST GALLERY, start HERE.

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20170321

The World as Seen by a Photographer - Castles and Walls


For Tuesday, for a few weeks, let's look at some excellent captures by a photographer friend we know only as fulvue, on Flickr. Fulvue prefers film cameras and so his photographs have a special flavor about them.

See if you don't agree. We will include his captions.

In his travels fulvue encounters castles and ruins ...

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Rivaulx Abbey, Yorkshire. Wirgin Edixamat Kadet.

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20170318

Saturday's Child - Studio Pair


Cabinet Card 2 children

Two children in a photographer's studio.

Photographer
Mendenhall
Maryville Missouri

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20170317

Found Friday - Dead Bell


In the past year, fewer and fewer “found” items, grocery lists, sticky tab notes, homework, love notes and reminders, have been turning up. I have no idea why this is. In times past, I have found at least one interesting scrap of paper on every trip out to the grocery store or a neighboring state. But the pickings have been slim to none lately. So, until the scavenging improves, you might find a particularly fine “found” photograph from over in LOST GALLERY on each Found Friday. Just to fill in the gaps.


Oh course, the numbers have been changed to protect the completely lost.

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20170315

Nineteenth Century Photographers - H. M. Booth



LOST GALLERY is tracing the histories of a couple hundred photographers from the Cabinet Card era, about 1860 through about 1920. For many of these photographers there remains only sketchy information but a few left many details about their lives.

There are genealogy histories and newspaper clippings on some.

Some histories formed timelines showing where the photographer was working and when. This information will help researchers date old photographs in their family albums.

From time to time, Thinks Happen will feature one of the more interesting histories.

Today's photographer is Henry Martin Booth


Cabinet Card seated woman
Photographer:
The Booth studio
Rich Hill, MO

Henry Martin Booth apparently had several interests in his life, including a brick factory, a photograph studio, a funeral home, a music store, a livery stable with race horses and in 1920 he purchased an Opera House, all in Rich Hill, MO.

Timeline
Henry Martin Booth
(14 Jun 1853 - 09 Aug 1935)

1853 Jun 14
born in Erie, PA
1860
US census living with family in New Oregon, IA
1870
US census living with family in New Oregon, IA
1884
marries Rolla Jessie Hedges in Rich Hill, MO
1879 May 28
Shelbina (MO) Democrat news mention as photographer

1894 Aug 28
St. Joseph (MO) Herald news mention entry in horse race
1894 Sep 09
St. Joseph (MO) Herald news mention entry in horse race
1897 Sep 06 & 10
Springfield MO Republican news item Booth enters horse race
1900 Jun 16
US census as photographer; res Walnut st
1904 Jan 28
Rich Hill Tribune news item mention as undertaker
1905 Nov 01
Rich Hill Tribune news item mention as undertaker
1905 Dec 14
Rich Hill, Tribune ad for piano sales - H. M. Booth, agent
1907 Aug 01
Rich Hill Tribune news item Booth purchases brick plant in Rich Hill, MO
1908 May 02
Rich Hill Tribune news item Booth as brick manufacturer in Rich Hill, MO

1910 Apr 23
US census as photographer; res on Walnut st
1920
Booth purchases the Opera House in Rich Hill, MO, to be operated by his wife Rolla
1920 Jan 10
US census as photographer; wife Rolla as manager of “Picture Show”
1930 Apr 17
US census as no occupation, wife Rolla as manager of funeral home and son-in-law as manager of “Picture Show”; res Walnut st
1935 Aug 09
Dies in Rich Hill, MO at age 82

There’s not much to define when Booth actually operated a photograph studio. It may have been an exclusive business at one time and it may well have been a sideline with all his other interests. Possibly he was photographer as early as 1879 and as late as 1920.


Selby (MO) Democrat 28 May 1879



Selby (MO) Democrat 18 Jun 1879



Springfield (MO)Republican 10 Sep 1897

Rich Hill (MO) Tribune 28 Jan 1904

Rich Hill Tribune 14 Dec 1905

Rich Hill, (MO) tribune 01 Aug 1907



To review all of the KNOWN photographers in LOST GALLERY, start HERE.

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