Nineteenth Century Photographers - W. O. Bibel
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 W. O. Bibel
W. O. Bibel
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Bloomington Pantagraph 21 Oct 1887
William Oscar Bibel
(May 1866 - 16 Oct 1933)
W. O. Bibel had a relatively short career in photography, from about 1886 to 1891. His time in Chenoa, IL was even shorter as noted by a small newspaper item from the Bloomington Pantagraph, 21 Oct 1887 that he had closed his Chenoa studio.
After 1891 he was a railroad fireman, cigar shop proprietor, a street car repairman and a gardener for the city park.
His brother Charles Adolph Bibel was also in the photography business but only for a very short time.
The Bibel family (originally Schwitalskey) was a colorful and apparently hot headed group. In 1880, W. O. Bibel’s mother Margaret and another brother Louis G. were arrested and jailed for attempting to murder his father Louis J. Bibel (Schwitalskey), a shoemaker. The newspaper accounts of the attempt and the subsequent trial are quite humorous.
This cabinet card from Chenoa, IL, must have been finished in that short time between 1886 and 1887.