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20160928

Walls - Not Really Clear



Walls are in the news this election year.

Walls are usually built to do a job. Built right, they do their work easily. We don't think much more about it. When walls are new, we are careful about how they look.

After they have done their job for a while, they take on the wear of their life, the scars of their duties. They withstand change but succumb to adjustments, alterations. They collect a history. Here are some walls that can tell stories.

Wall

I guess you had to be there

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20160927

The World as Seen by a Photographer - Riverbank path, Switzerland


A landscape or vista will often show us how beautiful nature can make things if left to itself and even sometimes when man and nature work together. Some photographers know exactly this and can capture that beauty for everyone to see and maybe even appreciate or understand.

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.

Riverbank path, River Lorze, Deinikon, Baar, Switzerland

Riverbank path, River Lorze, Deinikon, Baar, Switzerland.
Ful-Vue Mk 1

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20160924

Saturday's Child - Not a Preferred Pose


Proof!

I don't think she was up for this at all.

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20160923

Found Friday - Short List


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, I will run a particularly fine “found” photograph from over in LOST GALLERY on each Found Friday. Just to fill in the gaps.




Well I'm not sure about the last item ...

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20160922

Nineteenth Century Photographers - George D. Wakely



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 George D. Wakely


cabinet card man
Photographer: Wakely & Cobb
McKinney, Texas

Wakely seemed to move around a great deal, it appears his partnership with Cobb lasted from 1893 to 1897.

Also listed under Cobb

George D. Wakely
(26 Nov 1836 - 22 Apr 1922)

Nearly every document sets Wakely’s birthdate differently. The date settled on here is from The “England & Wales, Non-conformist and Non-Parochial Register 1587-1790” which seems to make the most sense.



Other dates are:
1823 - Pioneer Photographers of the Far West (Peter E. Palmquist, ‎Thomas R. Kailbourn)
1837 - England census 1841
1837 - England census 1851
1843 Dec - US census 1900
1832 - US census 1910
1832 - US census 1920
Abt 1832 - Texas death certificate

There is little doubt that it is all the same George D. Wakely, however. His accomplishments and endeavors along with his known locations seem to tie it all to one person.

Timeline sources:
All data from US Census or City Directories. All news items are from the McKinney Democrat unless otherwise noted. The book “Pioneer Photographers of the Far West” - Peter E. Palmquist, ‎Thomas R. Kailbourn contributed some early dates and locations (Indicated in the timeline by “PPFW”)

1836
born in England (see previous comment)
1856-1857
PPFW as ambrotypist, photographic stock dealer in Chicago, IL
1858
PPFW some evidence he lived in New York, NY
1859
PPFW as photographer, Leavenworth, Kansas
1859 Aug 16
PPFW with Thorn Star, an acting troupe, leaves with family for Denver, CO
1859 Oct 20
PPFW opens ambrotype gallery across from theater in Denver, CO
1860
Kansas territory census shows Wakely in North Clear Creek, Arapaho County, KS, which becomes part of Colorado on 29 Jan 1861 when Kansas becomes the 34th state in the US
1861 Jul 18
PPFW photographs Mademoiselle Carolista in tightrope performance in Denver, CO
1862 May
PPFW begins building new studio; completed the following month.


1864
PPFW In Colorado at Montgomery, Blackhawk, Empire City, Garden of the Gods, Monument Valley
1864 May 19-20
PPFW Wakely photographs the flooding of Cherry Creek in Denver
1865
PPFW closes Denver, CO, gallery and travels to Washington, DC
1866
PPFW publishes photographic series as Stereographics: National Capital of US and Smithsonian
1870
arrives in US according to the 1900 US census (If accurate, it was obviously for the second time)
1870
PPFW operates photograph stock depot at 518 Walnut St Kansas City, MO, until about Nov 1871
1871
PPFW Omaha, NE as photographer
1879
PPFW as photographer in Leadville, CO
1886 Mar 25
Wakely was in Galveston according to a news item in the Galveston Daily news
1887
marriage to Etna Lawrence in Collin county TX

1888 Feb 11
Waco Daily News Item Selling pianos at store in Waco, TX
1888 - 1889
as traveling salesman for Goggan and co music
1890 Mar 27
news item as photographer in McKinney TX
1891 Feb 05
adv selling pianos and organs in McKinney

McKinney Democrat
05 Feb 1891


Example found on the net. Note it is the same chair as in the LOST GALLERY example.



McKinney Democrat 18 Mar 1897

1893 Jun 01
adv Wakely’s Gallery, McKinney TX
1894 May 03
adv Wakely and Cobb in McKinney, TX
1896
PPFW Texas State Gazetter as photographer with Cobb
1897 Mar 18
news item Wakely and Cobb dissolves partnership
1897 Nov 25
news item Will Pennington works for Wakely at Gallery
1898 Jul 09
McKinney Daily Courier news item Selling house, leaving McKinney
1898 Nov 24
news item adv new location in McKinney
1899 May 20
McKinney Daily Gazette Photographer in Metz Building
1900 Jun 02
McKinney Gazette adv Photographer in Metz Building
1900 Jun 11
US census as photographer in McKinney, TX
1900 Jun 14 adv
as photographer in Metz building McKinney, TX
1901 Sep 26
news item takes job as salesman, Gallery in charge of Mr. Sharp
1903 Jan 16
adv Wakely’s gallery McKinney, TX
1903 May 28
news item as photographer, in McKinney, TX , “13 years”
1903 Jun 04
news item, returns to Plano, TX after visiting family
1904
adv as McKinney Studio in “Wakely’s old Place”

1910 Apr 26
US census as photographer in Colgate, OK
1910 Sep 20
Ada Evening News news item “Wakely, Coalgate photographer on way to Sulphur, OK”
1920 Jan 26
US census as photographer in Dallas, TX
1922 Apr 22
dies in Dallas at age 85 after being hit by a train on Apr 20. Note: Ada news item says he was run over by a car.


Just click on the picture for a larger version

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

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20160921

Walls - Doorway to Nowhere



Walls are in the news this election year.

Walls are usually built to do a job. Built right, they do their work easily. We don't think much more about it. When walls are new, we are careful about how they look.

After they have done their job for a while, they take on the wear of their life, the scars of their duties. They withstand change but succumb to adjustments, alterations. They collect a history. Here are some walls that can tell stories.

Sears Roebuck and Co.

Of no further use.

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20160920

The World as Seen by a Photographer - Scotland at the end of a rainbow


A landscape or vista will often show us how beautiful nature can make things if left to itself and even sometimes when man and nature work together. Some photographers know exactly this and can capture that beauty for everyone to see and maybe even appreciate or understand.

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.

Scotland

Scotland at the end of a rainbow.
Rollei 35 S

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