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20160825

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


Cabinet Card
Photographer
W. O. Bibel
Chenoa
(See the REVERSE)


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.

Bloomington Pantagraph 21 Oct 1887

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.

Below is the newspaper account of the attempted murder. Don't miss the last paragraph. Imagine seeing something like this in the newspaper today!

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20160823

The World as Seen by a Photographer - Tarbert, Isle of Harris


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.

Harr107

Hebridean adventure - our accomodation with a water view.... The arrival at Tarbert, Isle of Harris showed a rocky, almost Lunar landscape. But we were there for the magnificent beaches. Canon Demi.

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20160820

Saturday's Child - Sitting Pretty


Sitting on the front steps<


On the front steps

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20160819

Found Friday - The Band


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.


The Band

The Band

(played Barney Google)

See the LOST GALLERY for a collection of Found photographs of MUSIC MAKERS

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20160818

Nineteenth Century Photographers - J. C. Adams



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 James C. Adams



Cabinet Card Woman Portrait
Photographer: J. C. Adams
108 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Cabinet Card Woman Portrait
Photographer: J. C. Adams
135 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Ind.

One could almost make a case that there were two men named J. C. Adams in the northern part of Indiana near Fort Wayne, around the turn of the nineteenth century. It doesn’t help that in FOUR census reports, he calls himself a farmer while historical accounts of him and his own death certificate describe him as a photographer. But, similarity in addresses, birthplaces of parents and the names of his wife and children, seem to make the farmer also the photographer.

It appears he started out as a farmer living next door to his father, William Adams, a Brick mason in Harrison Township, Blackford County, IN. In 1890 James Adams was learning photography as an artist with the Wm. Salzmann studio in Fort Wayne, IN, just 40 miles north of Blackford County. In 1892, his daughter was born in Bluffton, IN, 20 miles south of Fort Wayne. Then he moved another 20 miles south, back to Harrison Township, Blackford County in 1900.

By 1910 he is living next door in the same Blackford County in Washington Township, Hartford City, IN, where he maintained his photography studio. His farm land may well have been in the rural Harrison Township while he maintained residence in Hartford City in Washington Township.

James C. Adams
(3 Mar 1856 - 21 Sep 1927)

1856
Born in Indiana
1879
married Mary Schwartzkopf
1880
US census as farmer in Harrison Township, Blackford County, IN (where Hartford City is)
1889
NOT in Fort Wayne city directory
1890
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory as artist with Wm Salzmann photo studio, res 64 Force
1891
Fort Wayne, IN, city directory as photographer at 135 Broadway
1892
birth of daughter Mary Laverna Adams in Bluffton, IN, halfway between Fort Wayne and Hartford, IN (Source Mary Adams death certificate)
1893 - 1895
NOT in Fort Wayne, IN, city directory
1893
Operates as photographer in Hartford City, IN (Indiana Historical Society)
1895 - 1903
photo studio at 401 S Jefferson st (Indiana Historical Society)

This is not likely to be our photographer:
Fort Wayne Sentinel - 18 Sep 1880


1900
US census as Farmer in Harrison Township, Blackford County, IN (no street address shown)
1905 - 1916
photo studio at 209 ½ N Jefferson st Hartford City, Blackford, IN (Indiana Historical Society)
1910
US census as Farmer 438 Spring in Hartford City, IN
(The house was located at the junction of three streets, Spring, Patterson and Williams. The census enumerator apparently got the house number correct but placed it on Spring rather than Patterson.)
1911
Hartford City city directory as farmer at 438 E Patterson
1920
US census as farmer 438 Patterson in Hartford City, IN
1927
death certificate as photographer at 438 E Patterson in Hartford City, IN

Sources: Fort Wayne city directory 1890. 1891
Hartford City city directory 1911 (only one available)
Find-A-Grave website
Blackford County/ Photographers Collection, CA. 1880–1939
US census 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
Death Certificates

This is not James Adams either.
Argos, IN, Reflector - 2 Apr 1891


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


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20160816

The World as Seen by a Photographer - Harris


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.

Harris

Yes, it looks somewhat lunar. This part of Harris is indeed 'rugged', but it has a spiritual beauty, and some really beautiful scenes. Canon Demi.

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20160813

Saturday's Child - Days of Future Passed


Tintpe of Small Boy

Look out, world.
He'd have been 100 years old around 1970.

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