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Dating Photographs:

Photographers in Freeport, Illinois

1867 to 1930  

Updated 02/10/04

 

Many photographers mark their photographs, and knowing when a particular photographer was in business can help you date your antique photographs. 

 

The following is a list of photographers from the 1867 to 1930 Freeport City Directories in the collection of the Stephenson County Historical Society. 

 

The photographers are in alphabetical order.  The dates next to each photographer indicates the City Directory (or other source) that includes that name at that address.   

 

When looking at addresses, note that in 1920 Freeport's street numbering system was changed.  Any address that includes North, South, East or West dates to 1920 or later.  Jenks Bros., for example, is listed as 118 Stephenson Street in 1917 and then at 24 West Stephenson in 1921.  The photographer didn't move - the numbering system changed.  

 

(Volunteer Request:  If you are interested in searching through the rest of the City Directories from 1930 to the present, or if you would like to look through old newspapers, etc., for photographers before 1867 please let me know!)

 

Allen, Samuel

      117 Stephenson Street: 1884-85

 

Allen, Samuel V. & Smith

      117 Stephenson Street: 1889-90

   

Axtell, S.H.; Daguerrean Gallery

      The 1970 History mentions this gallery operating in 1849

 

Bangasser, F.E.

      105 Stephenson Street: 1872

 

Barker, F.C.

      106 Stephenson Street: 1894-95

 

Bilger Studio (H.A. Bilger)

      29 W. Stephenson Street: 1921

      12 S. Galena Avenue: 1923, 1926, 1928

      27 W. Stephenson Street: 1930

 

Boelender, W.E.

      High Street, Orangeville: 1889-90  

 

Braisted, A.

        Freeport: 1861 - 1865 (estimate).  Recently donated photos of men in Civil War uniforms have an "A. Braisted" backmark. (2003-8-61 & 63)

 

Collier, J.R.

      Yellow Creek: 1889-90

 

Electric Studio

      162 Stephenson Street: 1916

 

Evans, Mrs. Lilian A.

      107 Stephenson Street: 1916

 

Grove, H.B.

      117 Stephenson Street: 1900-01, 1902-03

 

Haefer, F.C.

      118 Stephenson Street: 1902-03

 

Hance, B.M.

      87 Stephenson Street: 1867

 

Harris, F.L.

      Lena: 1889-90, 1892-93

 

Hartman's Camera Shop

      17 S. Chicago Avenue: 1926

 

Herlocker, William B.

      118 Stephenson Street: 1892-93

 

Herlocker & Schaad

      118 Stephenson Street: 1889-90

 

Jenks Bros. (Charles N. & J.B.O.)

      106 & 108 Stephenson Street: 1900-01

      106 Stephenson Street: 1902-03

      118 Stephenson Street: 1910-11, 1916, 1917

      24 W. Stephenson Street: 1921, 1923, 1926, 1928

      12 S. Galena Avenue: 1930

 

Kamp, Mansan

      East side VanBuren Street, between Galena & Stephenson: 1868-69

 

Kasten, William

      87 Stephenson Street: 1872, 1878, 1889-90, 1892-93, 1894-95,

              1896-97. 

      Note: In the 1900-01 Directory he has changed his name to Kaste (no "N").

 

Kasten & Son

      87 Stephenson Street: 1884-85

 

Kasten & Wirth

      87 Stephenson Street: 1868-69

 

Kaste, William

      87 Stephenson Street: 1900-01, 1902-03  

 

Kennan, T.L.; Daguerrean Gallery

      The 1970 History mentions this gallery operating in 1849

 

Lawver, Charles W.

      118 Stephenson Street: 1894-95, 1896-97

      14 Walton Avenue: 1902-03

 

Lietchfield, George L. & Co.

      Southeast corner of Stephenson & Exchange: 1868-69

 

Miller, M.L.

      87 Stephenson Street: 1910-11

 

McHenry, William

      Staver's & Krohn's Block: 1867

      105 Staver's Block on Stephenson Street: 1868-69

      110 Stephenson: 1872

      105 Stephenson: 1878

      118 Stephenson: 1884-85

      106 Stephenson: 1892-93

 

McHenry & Spengler

      106 Stephenson: 1889-90

 

Murr, A.K.

      12 Wilcoxen Building: 1916

 

Perkins, J.V.

      605 Tarbox Building: 1916, 1917, 1921, 1923

      14-16 N. Chicago Avenue: 1926, 1928, 1930

 

Pfiles Camera Shop

      17 S. Chicago Avenue: 1923

 

Robinson, F.J.

      117 Stephenson Street: 1916, 1917

 

Saul & Wareham

      141 Stephenson Street: 1884-85

 

Smith, Robert C.

      117 Stephenson Street: 1894-95, 1896-97

 

Smith, L.F.

      117 Stephenson Street: 1910-11

 

Smith's New Studio (R.C. Smith)

      118 Stephenson Street:  1900-01

 

Tull, B.H.

      Lena, 1889-90

 

VanDyke Studio

      504-5 Tarbox: 1928

 

Wareham, C.H.

      150 Stephenson Street: 1894-95, 1896-97

 

Wareham, John L.

      141 Stephenson Street: 1889-90, 1892-93, 1894-95, 1896-97,

            1900-01, 1902-03  

      105 Stephenson Street: 1909 (from a dated photo) 1910-11, 1916, 1917

      7 W. Stephenson Street: 1921, 1923, 1926, 1928, 1930  

 

Weld, David T.

     137 Stephenson Street: 1881 (from back of a dated photograph)

 

White, W.B.

      125 Stephenson Street: 1872

 

Webster, George A.

      117 Stephenson Street: 1892-93

      123 Stephenson Street: 1894-95, 1896-97

 

Weld, D.T.

      SE Corner of Stephenson & Exchange: 1872

 

Wilkins, C.E.

      123 Stephenson Street: 1900-01, 1902-03, 1910-11, 1916, 1917 

 

Williams & Pratt's Ambrotype Gallery

      No. 5 Exchange Block: 1857.  An advertisement for the Gallery is in the 1857 pamphlet "Present Advantages and Future Prospects of the City of Freeport, Illinois."  (A copy of this pamphlet is available in the Museum Gift Shop)

 

Researched and Compiled by

The Stephenson County Historical Society

1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, Illinois

(815) 232-8419