Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, March 14, 1935
Photo Gallery Here Since '88 Will Be Abandoned April 1
C. Nightingale (c. 1884-85)
Plasmyer (c. 1912)
N.B. Rees (c. 1880-1885)
J.M. Shipley (1907-1909, circa 1912)
U.S. Davis (???-1888)
Cottage Studio (1904-??)
Rev. A. Case (1895-??)
I have seen several mentions in the newspapers about Rev. Case taking photos, in particular group photos. This mention is from the Lincoln Republican, April 4, 1895: Rev. A. Case went out to the schools of Miss Alvena Nelson, John McCurdy and John Jennings and took photographs of the pupils in groups. We are told that he gave the highest satisfaction in each place.
Waldo Hancock (1905-??)
Mr. Hancock was a prominent Beverly businessman and I'm told he had a studio at one time. Exact dates are not known, but he was working at photography in 1905.
Miller Studio, Sylvan Grove
From the Sylvan Grove News, 1 August 1907, came this report: "H.G. Bearnes of Tescott was up Tuesday evening and closed the deal with Mrs. E.E. Miller for her photograph business. Mr. Bearnes has rented Mrs. Miller’s place and will take possession about the 21st of August. We understand that Mr. Bearnes is a good artist and will no doubt get all he can do at this place. He made some souvenir cards which are on sale at the drug store which are all O.K. Mrs. Miller will run the business till Mr. Bearnes comes to take charge."
More on Sylvan photographers
From the Barnard Bee, 23 March 1922: People of Barnard and vicinity will be glad to learn that W.F. Knauer has purchased the old Feather Photo Gallery, which he expects to put in operation in the near future. The Gallery which has stood idle since 1916, is one of the old landmarks of the town and has been here for many years. Mr. Knauer expects to have an expert photographer come here for at least one day a week and take care of the business that will undoubtedly come to Barnard. He expects to have the Gallery open for business the latter part of April.
The Extra Finish stamp
One clue to dating photos is the Extra Finish stamp. Sheryl McClure also found this explanation: "The words "Extra Finish" (within a paint palette) was listed next to the name of the studio. The "Extra Finish" process was used, according to one website, from 1887-1894, and the stamp may have appeared on photographs for years after, depending on how much the photographer had in stock and had to use up."
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