Philadelphia Map – Victorian Photographers

Here is the Philadelphia map of Victorian era photography studios.

STUDIO NAME ADDRESS DATES OF OPERATION
J. Creamer & Co 18 South 8th Street unknown
J.W. Hurn 1319 Chestnut Street unknown
Gilbert’s Cartes-de-Visite, Photograph and Ambrotype Gallery 1524 Ridge Avenue above Brown Street unknown
C. Tolan, Photographer 924 North 2nd Street (above Poplar)  unknown
Lovejoy, Photographer 500 South 2nd unknown
F.S. Keeler 8th & Market Streets, SE corner unknown
H.C. Vansyckel 532 North 2nd Street unknown
Bellis, Photographer 508 Arch Street unknown
Lathrop’s Studio of Fine Photography 43 North 8th Street unknown
Sawyer & Bro. 522 North 2nd unknown
J.R. Laughlan’s Photograph Rooms 12th and Market, SW corner unknown
G.D. Wise 2nd Street & Christian, NW corner unknown
F. Gutekunst 704 & 706 Arch Street unknown (early)
F. Gutekunst 712 Arch Street unknown (late)
J.A. Keenan 526 South 2nd Street unknown
Rhoads’ New Photograph Gallery 1800 Frankford Avenue (corner Montgomery Avenue) unknown
E.W. Warren’s Gallery 1628 Market Street unknown
Chas. H. Spieler 722 Chestnut unknown
Broadbent & Co. 912 & 914 Chestnut unknown (early)
Broadbent & Co. 814 Chestnut ca. 1861
Wenderoth, Taylor & Brown 912 & 914 Chestnut unknown (late)
W.W. Seeler 8th Street & Spring Garden Street, SE corner unknown
Gilbert & Bacon 40 North 8th Street & 820 Arch Street unknown
M.P. Simons 120 Chestnut Street 1846-?
L.A. Sawyer 159 North 8th Street unknown
Rhoads & Shane 1316 Girard Avenue unknown
P.E. Lehillman 914 Arch Street unknown
T. Colbeck 8th Street & Sansom (SE corner) unknown
Applegate 8th & Vine Streets unknown
Van Loan Gallery, L.H. Purnell, Artist, Daguerrian Parlor 159 Chestnut Street 1840s
Willard, Daguerrian Parlor Market Street & N. 16th Street, A-B 1840s
Chas. G. Crane unknown unknown
J.R. Black unknown unknown

13 thoughts on “Philadelphia Map – Victorian Photographers”

  1. Hi! I’m doing some research on an old photograph I have by Chas. G. Crane. Since you have his address marked as “unknown,” I figured I’d let you know that (at least when my photo was taken) he was located at 632 Arch Street. Thanks for the whole list – they all really clumped together!

    1. Meghan-
      Cool, thanks for the tip! I’d love to see your photo. Any idea on when your photo was taken? If you can at least describe it physically, I can help a little. Glad I could provide some interesting info about Philadelphia photographers.

  2. Hi I am doing some genealogy and I have 2 Photos from the Philly area 1 from P.E. Lehillman and one from Strauss but I don’t see Strauss on here. I wish I had more. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I am on Facebook and will post them.

  3. Any idea where I could get old photos taken by Philly photographers in the 1800s identified? They have job numbers on the backs.

    1. While it is theoretically possible, it is unlikely to be able to track them down. You can try the historical society in Philadelphia and see if they have the photographers records.

  4. Hi,
    Some years ago, when I was doing some genealogy research, my sister showed me a photo that she thought was likely a family member. I asked her permission to remove it from the frame and scan it, When I did, the identification was on a sticker on the back. The photo was taken by Broadbent & Co. at 814 Chestnut St, and was dated 8 July 1861. It was, in fact, a family member — our GreatGrandfather. NOTE that this is a different address for the company than you have above.
    Best regards

    1. One thing I’ve found in my research of these addresses is that photographers in that era often moved addresses, sometimes more than once. If you take Mathew Brady as an example, he moved his New York studio at least four if not five times, each time following the carriage trade further and further uptown as the wealthy kept moving toward Central Park. Philadelphia was America’s second city and it would surprise me that photographers didn’t observe similar trends, moving studios to more chic neighborhoods as the city evolved and grew. I’m pretty sure I got the address for Broadbent off the velvet pad on a cased image, which would have been made earlier. Thanks for the info- I’ll add it to the list.

  5. I have an address from the back of a photo by J.R. Black, “Artist & Photographer”, Seventh St. above Washington Ave., Philadelphia. No idea when it was taken! Also, a photo from this same era by Keely at 242 North Eighth Street (late of Fifth and Coates) in Philadelphia.

      1. Have a photo from what looks like Eve Kientzle 606 Arch St, Phila…who would have been my GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandparents so maybe in the late 17 or 1800’s Photo has stamped address on it but can’t see date.

  6. Hello, I have what appears to be a photorgraph of a seated Civil War Officer and on the back it is noted that
    the photographer was J. R. Black of Washington Ave in Philadelphia. I noticed your listing has “unknown” for him.

    1. The unknown for the photographer is the dates of operation. He was definitely working in the 1860s, but how much before or after that I don’t have a good reference point for.

  7. I really wish I could find out for sure who some of the relatives are in the photos that I found. I was able to identify some based on markings on the back and they are numbered. Has anyone had any luck with this? You mentioned Philadelphia Historical Society above – I would be curious if anyone has had luck with it.
    I have quite a few photos – I’ll give you what I have found –
    George W. Bew – 1725 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA
    Rhoads 1800 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA
    Applegate Vine & 8th Streets Philadelphia PA
    Blaul 1937 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA
    Draper Philadelphia PA 1313 & 1315 Columbia Ave Corner Park Ave, Philadelphia PA
    BF Reimer, 613, 615, 617 N 2nd Street Philadelphia
    Santman 301 W Girard Ave
    AC Gabriel SE Corner 4th and Oxford
    Comly T Santman NW Corner 3rd and Girard Ave
    R Steinbach 843 N 3rd Street
    Henry Arens 3D and Brown Streets OP Red Men’s Hall
    Joseph Alter – Northern Liberties Gallery – 731 N 3rd Street below Brown
    A Kientzle 155 N 6th Street

    Some of these could be duplicates but I wanted to just include a full list of what i had. Hopefully these will help 🙂

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