Langdon's List of
19th & Early
This list contains a few of the myriad of early photographers operating studios and galleries in the United States. The intent is to provide a gallery of information about some of these early photographic artists, which may help others in dating and further identifying their own photographic images.
This is an ongoing project. The list is being compiled from original photographs in my personal collections, federal census and city directories and more importantly from submitters' own family photographs and research. The year or years in parentheses ( ) is the time a photographer was active. An asterisk (*) after a listing indicates I saw an actual image by the artist, not just a listing. Two asterisks (**) after a listing means the image is currently part of my own collection.
If you would like to add to or make adjustments this list, please send a list of the photographers along with their location which appears on the front/and or back of your cabinet photos or cartes de visite. If you can provide an estimation of the date the photograph was taken, this will provide a time frame for the photographer's working at a specific location. If you need assistance in approximating the date of an image, please email me and you will be referred to an expert to help you.
Our ancestors were every bit as captivated by photography as we are today.
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CDV by Larkin Gallery, Philadelphia
CDV Unknown (1860-1865)
CDV by G. W. Lachman,
Mechanicsburg, PA (1860-1865)
CDV by H. C. Phillips & Bro.,
Philadelphia, PA (1860-1864)
CDV by Moulthrop & Williams, New Haven, CT (1860-1865) Identified as Sarah J. Hyde
CDV by J. W. Hurn, Philadelphia, PA with
tax stamp cancelled June 1866
William Austin Langdon (1823-1880) Daguerrean and Photographer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19th Century Camera
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
CDV by Whitaker & Co. of Philadelphia (1859-1963)
CDV by James Cremer, Philadelphia (1860-1865)
CDV by Gutekunst, Philadelphia Identified as Mrs. Lane Sept 1868
CDV Unknown with Tax Stamp 1864-1866 [Cropped] CDV by James Cremer, Philadelphia (1860-1865)
CDV by J. Halstead, Milton, PA (1860-1865)
Salt print by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, PA with tax stamp cancelled 1864 identified as Miss Paul
Sixth plate tintype - unknown- 1867-1870