This week, I didn't have to wander the web, the web came to me by way of a wonderful comment from M. Wasserman. The comment added valuable information to the article "If You've Got It, Flaunt It," about the Chicago photographer Joshua Smith, winner of the Silver Medal at the Paris Exposition in 1878. It also asked a question about examples of work by this family of photographers.
In 1880 the 41 year old Joshua Smith is living in Chicago with his 29 year old wife Louise. Living with them is Louise's mother, Mary, and her 25 year old sister, Kate. Kate's occupation is listed as a Retoucher Artist, which may account for why she married a photographer; she worked in their world.
What a treat to find your site and see the work of Joshua Smith. He was married to Louise Woollett, sister of my great grandfather Robert N. Woollett. I have seen a few of his photos and it was so nice to find this article! Louise's sister Kate was married to George J. Klein, also a Chicago photographer, and their brother, Alfred E. (AE)Woollett was a photographer in Chicago and Minneapolis in the late 1800's. I would like to know if there are other sites with their work. Thank You! M. Wasserman
It also appears that Smith created a montage of black babies similar to the one to the left, in 1881, titled "Little Ethiopians." He was elected President of the Photographers' Association of America in 1883 and authored many articles on the chemistry of photography.
In 1900 I found Joshua and Louise living in Allegan, Michigan with Louise's brother Alfred E. Woollett. Joshua lists his occupation as landlord and Alfred lists his as photographer.
The following are the addresses for the Chicago studios operated by Joshua Smith and George J. Klein:
1866-68 - 604 S. Canal Street
1868-69 - 546 S. Canal Street
1869-70 - Not listed
1870-71 - Canal cor. Wilson
1871 (Fire Ed.) - 546 S. Canal
1871-73 - 546 S. Canal
1874-75 - 212 State
1875-76 - Not listed
1876-86 - 206 N. Clark
1887 - Not Listed
Klein & Stoelzel (George J. was a partner here)
1872 - 288 W. Madison
1873 - Not Listed
Klein, George J.
1873-79 - 288 W. Madison
1879 - 103 State Street
1880-87 - not listed
1888-94 206 N. Clark
1895 - 206 N. Clark
1896-1900 - 206 N. Clark
I have found two sites with work by Joshua Smith and one with work by George J. Klein. I found no work by A. E. Woolett.
The following two photographs are contained on the Library of Congress website. It would appear that Joshua Smith was interested in panoramas and fires early in his career.
The Chicago History Museum has photographs in their archives taken by both Joshua Smith and George F. Klein. They have a photograph identifying the sitter as Joshua Smith. I can not be certain, as none of these images are online and even if they were I would not be able to identify Smith.
Thank you M. Wasserman for commenting and adding information to my collection of photographers.
I would have loved to secure a photograph of Joshua Smith to have included with this post, but it would have been cost prohibitive. The Chicago History Museum charges a $50 permission fee for educational non-profit use per photograph. They also charge a production fee of $10. To secure the photograph would be $60. The permission fee is $50 per year. If this post is archived, as they are, I would be charged $50 per year by the museum for this one photograph.
Anonymous. Heritage Slater Political Memorabilia and Americana Auction Catalog #619. Dallas : Ivy Press. 2005.
Anonymous. The Year Book of Photography and Photographic News, for 1883. New York : Scovill Manufacturing Company. 1883.
Kirby, Lynne. Parallel Tracks. Durham : Duke University Press. 1997.
1880 U.S. census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Chicago, p. 377, dwelling 187 , family 240, Joshua Smith (Head); digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com/ : retrieved 26 May 2009); citing NARA microfilm publication T9_199, roll 1,454.
1900 U.S. census, Casco, Michigan, population schedule, Allegan, p. 9b, dwelling 212 , family 212, Joshua Smith (Head); digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com/ : retrieved 16 May 2009); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1,854.
Photographs (as they appear):
Good Morning. Smith, Joshua. New York. Cabinet Card. ca. 1880. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, WA. 2009.
Chicago, as seen after the great conflagration. Smith, Joshua. Panorama. ca. 1871. From Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Panoramic Photographs Collection. Link (May 2009).
Boston, after the fire, November 9th & 10th, 1872. Smith, Joshua. Panorama. 1872. From Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Panoramic Photographs Collection. Link (May 2009).