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20160702

Saturday's Child - Best Dress


Little Girl

Wonder if it was really yellow...

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20160630

Nineteenth Century Photographers - Mrs. S. B. Hale



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 Mrs. S. B. Hale


Cabinet Card Small Child
Photographer: Hale
Great Bend, Kans.

At first, all that was found on Hale of Great Bend, KS, was a few items and ads in the Barton County Democrat from December of 1886 to April of 1890.

Small town newspapers back then were gossipy and the humor was often just silly. Some items are just ads and good only for the dates involved but others might tell a bit of a story.





Hale, Great Bend, KS, continued

27 Mar 1890


The telling clue was this item from
Barton County Democrat
in Great Bend, KS
14 Jun 1888:


This gives the maiden name of our
Mrs. S. B. Hale.

After finally finding Sinah B. (Allison) Hale, a rough timeline of her life could be assembled.

Sinah B. (Allison) Hale
(8 Dec 1856 - 29 Apr 1943)
1856
(Multiple Sources) Birth in Clayton, IA
1860
(US Census) living in Clayton, IA
1970 - 1873
(US Census, death of father) living in Independence, KS
1880
(US Census) Indepedence, KS, as housekeeper with husband George F. Hale
1886 Dec - 1888 Aug
(Newspaper items) living in Great Bend, KS, as photographer
1890 Mar
(Newspaper item) living in Colorado Springs, CO

1900
(US Census) living with mother in Oklahoma City, OK, as boarding house manager. (Husband not there)
1920
(US Census) Owns a laundry with husband in Oatman, AZ.
1930
(US Census) living in Downey, CA, with husband, no occupation
1940
(Us Census) widow, living in Downey, CA
1943
(Findagrave) Death at 86 in Los Angles, CA

So it appears Sinah B. Hale was a photographer in Great Bend, KS, for only a couple years, 1886 through 1888. The cabinet card here would have to have been done then.

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20160629

Wednesday Walls - The Tale


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.

The story unfolds.

The story unfolds. The last chapter begins.

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20160628

The World as Seen by a Photographer


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

On 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.

Oly 35035

Sound of Mull.
Olympus 35 RC.

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20160625

Saturday's Child - Big Toy


Girl with ball

What'll I do with it?

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20160623

Nineteenth Century Photographers - Theodore Gubelman



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 Theodore Gubelman


Grubelman Cabinet Card Woman
on reverse:
Gubelman
Newark Avenue
Jersey City

(Excerpt from an article by A. J. Peluso, Jr.)
Theodore Gubelman, Photographer
by A.J. Peluso, Jr.
In 1995 Elizabeth Broun, director of the National Museum of American Art, wrote that "The path of American art now appears not only more complicated but also more interesting—a journey with detours and switchbacks, byways and alternate routes paralleling and intersecting the long-accepted `mainstream' pathways."

One of those routes, photography, "once considered marginal, `not really art,'...is now recognized as necessary for an understanding of our visual culture." Indeed! One switchback leads to the work of the little-known, and until now unheralded, Theodore Gubelman. - Born in Constance, Switzerland in 1844, he emigrated to America with his father and mother in 1854.

With immigrant pluck, his father worked as a coppersmith, his mother as a milliner, and Theodore worked three part-time jobs, at the cigar store, the barber shop, and the brush factory. Later, he worked as an apprentice lithographer, retoucher, and colorist. - In search of better work, his father took the family to Chicago and then to Memphis. While there, Theodore found a job with a photographer and discovered his life's work. The Civil War had begun, and advancing rebel forces sent northern sympathizers and the Gubelmans running. On the way to Louisville, the train was stopped by Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner.
Young Gubelman and, by his account, "several other young men.trying to get North left [their] baggage and during the excitement got away and footed it to." the Ohio River.

After an anxious wait we saw a river steamer approaching which we hailed, yelling like wild Indians.

"We all got aboard and were immediately surrounded by the other passengers anxious to get the news of General Buckner being so far North." - The steamer safely reached Cincinnati, and Gubelman would soon return to Jersey City. He found good-paying work there for a firm manufacturing tin for tintypes. (.) He took work in various New York photo galleries, and through a classified in Anthony's [Photographic] Bulletin got a job in Nashville, Tennessee. He took photographs of soldiers passing to and from forward positions. With a $400 loan from a family friend and a letter of introduction to Union General Grenville Dodge, he opened his own studio at an army post at Pulaski, Tennessee. In spite of delays in obtaining materials (from Anthony in New York City), he was able to take his first portrait in January 1864, which with others netted a first day's receipts of $37. By March he was able to pay back his loan and to send $300 to his parents.


Cabinet Card by Grubelman
on reverse:
Gubelman
No.79
Newark Avenue
Jersey City

He sent exhibits of his work to the American Institute of Photography Fair each year beginning in 1873. An occasional portrait after one of his photographs of a police chief or bishop would appear in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.

After serving a brief tour in the Civil War, in 1864 he opened his first portrait studio at Pulaski, TN, taking pictures of the soldiers. He soon returned to Jersey City, opened a studio there, and by 1873 was exhibiting his work at the American Institute of Photography's annual salons. By the 1880s, he had become a well-known and successful photographer whose catalog, "Gubelman's Instantaneous Photographs of Steamships" listed 18 pages of ship portraits and New York harbor views.

In 1881 he "took up the Dry Plate," and boasted that he "was the first to sell instantaneous photos of yachts, steamers, etc."

He had become an admired photographic artist featured in a December 1884 article in Photographic Times, "The Studios of America: Theodore Gubelman's Atelier." His success bought him trips to Europe and a fine Jersey City home.

Gubelman died in 1926.

Soon after, and for tragic and unfathomable reasons, his sister piled his paper negatives in the backyard and burned them all. His son sold his glass plates to the glass man for $8 per 1000. (A.J. Peluso, Jr. / 1998 by Maine Antique Digest

The two examples on the left are in bad shape. They were added here because of the historical significance of this photographer, Theodore Gubelman of Jersey City.

Here is one in much better condition on the CABINET CARD GALLERY

He became famous for his portraits of Civil War soldiers, politicians and other dignitaries,

Basic timeline
1841 - Born in Constance, Switzerland
1854 or 56 - Emigrated to US
1862 - Enlists in the American Civil War
1864 - Opened his first studio in Pulaski, Tennessee
1865 - Moves studio to Jersey City, New Jersey
1873 - First exhibit at American Institute of Photography
1876 - Citation from Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
1881 - Begins work with “Gelatin Dry Plate” process
1884 - 1889 (City Directory) Studio at 79 Newark Ave., Union Hill, NJ
1890 - (Post Office Guide adv.) Partners with Hargrave
1910 - 1920 (US Census) lived in New Jersey
1920 - (US Census) Retired
1926 - Death in New Jersey

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20160621

The World as Seen by a Photographer - Mist


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.

Magical NZ. Doubtful Sound

Magical NZ. Doubtful Sound.

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