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Comments and journal pages.

20161210

Saturday's Child - Scales


Baby in a Basket

Priceless per pound

20161208

Ninteenth Century Photographers - E. D. Zellner


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 E. D. Zellner


Three men
Photographer: E. D. Zellner
Junction City, Kas.
See also: Pennell and Zellner

Edward David Zellner
(Dec 1867 - 12 Oct 1936)

E. D. Zellner engaged in several businesses over his lifetime. He seemed to maintain his photography business most of the time from 1890 to about 1920. He was at the same time a cigar maker and a Billiards Parlor operator. He raised pigeons, chickens and rabbits and still maintained a photograph business and Post Cards. It is difficult to tell which business was his side business. His photography business was most often just for the sale of postcards which were called “Views”, taken of the surrounding area, mostly at Fort Riley, KS.

He partnered with J. J. Pennell for about two years, 1890-1891. Then he partnered with Williams for most of the other ventures lasting up to 1900. No mention of Williams was found after 1900 except ads for the Fort Riley “Views”.

The grocery business, including pigeons, rabbits and chickens seems to dominate his business life after 1910 although he still gives his profession as photographer on the Kansas census of 1915 and the US census of 1910 and 1920.

Except for the short period of the partnership with J. J. Pennell, it will be difficult to date any photographs from E. D. Zellner. The generic photographs sold of Fort Riley as “Views” which were apparently reprinted several times.

1867
Born in Junction City, KS
1884
in Atchison, KS working at 409 Commercial, profession not given
1890
marries Elenora C. Roth (1870-1963)
1890
begins partnership with J J Pennell (probably sometime late in the year)
1891 Mar 07
news item Zellner opens studio over Post Office in Junction City, KS
1893
news item Pennell buys out E. D. Zellner
1893
Nov 25 news item Zellner opens a “Holiday and Variety” store called “The Fair”
1998
news items Williams & Zellner cigar makers
1899 May 12
news item 12 cab cards prize at school field day. Cigars and Views ads on same page
1899 July - Nov
news ad weekly Williams and Zellner, photo gallery at Ft. Riley, Ks, and as cigar makers

1900
US census as photographer Junction City, KS
1900
Jul - Aug ad for photograph made at 25 cents, Junction City, KS
1900 Aug 03
news item Williams & Zellner take over studio in Junction City, KS
1905
Kansas census as photographer at Junction City, KS
1910
US census as photographer at 201 e 14th, Junction City, KS
1915
Kansas census as photographer in Junction City, KS
1919
Junction City census, shows ten in his family and no other details
1920
US census as photographer at 201 E 14th, Junction City, KS
1925-1930
Kansas and US census as grocery merchant 201 E 14th Junction City, KS
1930
US census as grocery merchant 201 E 14th, Junction City, KS
1936
death at 68 in Junction City, KS

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

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20161207

Wednesday Walls - Ghost Sign


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.

Ghost Sign

Ghost Sign

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20161206

The World as Seen by a Photographer - Looking out of Smoo cave, Durness, Scotland.


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.

Looking out of Smoo cave, Durness, Scotland.

Looking out of Smoo cave,
Durness, Scotland.

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20161203

Saturday's Child - Bound for Camp


Standing in the flower garden

On the reverse;
11 Yrs 6 mo- 20 days
George just
before he went
to junior camp.
This is how
he looked the
day he left for
camp. June 27, 1937
319 Howard Ave
Burlingame

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20161201

Nineteenth Century Photographers - John M. Waller



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 John M. Waller


Photographer: J. M. Waller
Cabinet Card man
Photographer: J. M. Waller
Armstrong, Missouri

John M. Waller
(Aug 1863 - 27 Mar 1931)

1863
born in Kentucky
1864 Sep
the Centralia, MO, massacre, civil war
1894
marries Elizabeth G. in Huntsville, MO
1895
son Charles born in Centralia, MO

1900
US census as clothing salesman in Centralia. MO
1908 Dec 1 and 4 and 1909 Jan 18
Columbia MO, ad for Kodak finishing

Columbia Evening Missourian

1909 Feb & Mar Columbia MO, ad for savitar photos

Columbia Evening Missourian

1910 Jan 11
newspaper ad for photographer Waller in Columbia, MO

Columbia Evening Missourian

1910 Apr 13
US census as clothing salesman in Centralia, MO
1911 Jan, Mar, Apr
ad photographer in Columbia, MO 911a Broadway

Columbia Evening Missourian

1919 Apr 25
Higbee, MO news item mentions Waller as Centralia’s leading clothier and photographer from “years ago”
1919 Jun 09
Columbia Evening Missourian news item, son Charles Waller dies in Russia
1919 Jun 09
Columbia Evening Missourian news item, son Charles Waller dies in Russia
1920 Jan 20
US census as clothing merchant in Centralia, MO
1929 Jul 29
Columbian, Columbia, MO, news item Hawkinson family visits Waller Family
1930 Apr 30
US census as merchant in Centralia, MO

1931 Mar 27
John Waller dies at age 68 in Centralia, MO

Moberly Monitor-Index


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Moberly Monitor-Index 19 Oct 1965

1965
Elizabeth Waller Dies at age 92 in Centralia, MO

Of course, it is possible that there were two John M. Waller’s, about the same age, living within 30 miles of each other, one a photographer and the other a clothing merchant. The census seems to follow one and the newspaper ads seem to be about another.

The Missouri towns of Centralia, Columbus, Huntsville, Higbee and Armstrong are all within about a 35 mile radius of each other.

It could also be the same person. Some family trees on Ancesty.com seem to think so.

Obituaries for John Waller and wife Elizabeth in the Moberly (MO) Monitor-Index, both describe his career in the clothing business but do not mention photography.

Yet, a cabinet card found in a Waller family tree, if authentic, rather firmly makes the connection. A hand written inscription identifies it as a portrait of a young Elizabeth Hawkinson while the imprint at the bottom of the cabinet card is Waller Studio, Centralia, MO; Waller’s wife photographed at the Waller Studio in Centralia, MO.


But whether one person or two, the LOST GALLERY cabinet card was probably made between 1908 and 1911, when Waller seems most active as photographer. He might also have kept the studio as a sideline for his entire working career as a clothier.


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

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20161130

Wednesday Walls - Rider in the Storm



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.

For the month of November 2016 THINKS HAPPEN will honor our good Flickr friend ed ed. Here are some walls from his magnificent stream of photographs.


Rider in the Storm --ed ed

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