I’ve begun a project to catalog and map the locations of Victorian-era photography studios in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia. Using my own collection as a starting point, and skimming back-marks off cartes-de-visite and cased images on Ebay, I’ve come up with some lists, and I’ve begun to put them on a Google Map. Here is my New York list:
|STUDIO NAME||ADDRESS||DATES OF OPERATION|
|R.A. Lewis||152 Chatham Street *||unknown|
|K.W. Beniczky||#2 New Chambers Street, corner of Chatham *||unknown|
|R.A. Lord||164 Chatham Street *||unknown|
|Bogardus||872 Broadway||late 1870s|
|Mathew Brady||359 Broadway||(1853-1859)|
|Mathew Brady||643 Bleeker Street||(1859-1860)|
|Mathew Brady||785 Broadway||(1860-)|
|Chas. K. Bill||603 Broadway||unknown|
|J. Gurney & Sons||707 Broadway||unknown – early|
|J. Gurney & Sons||5th Avenue & 16th Street||unknown – late|
|Vaughan’s Gallery||228 Bowery||unknown|
|Bailey’s Photograph Gallery||371 Canal Street||unknown|
|Loud’s Celebrated Album Cards||unknown||unknown|
|Fernando Dessaur||145 8th Avenue||unknown|
* addresses no longer exist. New Chambers Street & Chatham Street are now approximately where New York City Civic Center and Police Headquarters are now located.
I will be doing the same for Washington DC and Philadelphia as I gather more information. These lists are obviously incomplete – if anyone has more information out there on other studios not captured on this list, please pass it along! My interest is in studios operating before 1900, ideally before 1880. If you have information about a given studio during the Daguerrian, wet plate, and the early Dry Plate eras, please include that as well. In my simplistic research, I’ve been finding that along with the change in media, studios moved around a lot – Mathew Brady had four different locations in New York City alone between 1850-1860.
4 thoughts on “Victorian Era Photography Studios in New York”
I have a post card from the Obermiller and Sons studio, 25 Cooper Square, Opposite 5th St, New York, of a family who lives in a house on wheels.
I also have a postcard type pic by Obermiller & Sons Studio, on the back it says, Durand Sisters…..couldn’t find anything on Google.
My wife has a picture of her great great grandfather stamped RA Lord on the back jarnott6@CS.CO
I’m currently working on a photo from R.A. Lewis, 152 Chatham Street. It is in a photo album I purchased off eBay. Some pictures are identified by name but I am having to build a tree on Ancestry.com to verify exactly who they are. If you would like a copy of the photo, I’m happy to send it. I believe I will be able to eventually have dates for this photo.