History fascinates Virginia and she loves to travel to historic places. Many of these are places her ancestors lived in earlier times.
Finding Information About Early Photography Studios in Kansas
One of the ways to solve the mystery of family photos is by finding information on the photography studio. I'm compiling here the names of such businesses in Kansas during the late 1800s and into the early 1900s.
I'm searching in old newspapers to find these studios from the 1880s to 1930. If possible, I'll put them in order by the business name and include the town's name and an estimated date or exact date. Hopefully, for genealogists and family history buffs, this helps them identify the ancestor in their photo.
It's particularly helpful to know when a studio was in business and then compare that with the people in the picture and estimate the era from the clothing of children and adults in the portrait.
There will be more studios added as I find them.
Advertisement for Brask's Studio
Kansas Photo Studios A - F
- Adamson - Great Bend & Hoisington KS
- George Aldridge - North Topeka KS, about 1890s, 1901 - 1918 advertisements. 1015 Kansas Avenue.
- J.R. Bacon Studio - Kinsley KS, about 1890s
- Bailey Studio - Wellington KS, about 1900
- Balding Studio - S. Main Street, Wellington KS
- Baldwin & Sons - Wichita KS, about 1880s
- Mrs. Elma Bamberg - Topeka KS, 1918 ad
- Baugh - 815 102 Main Street, Winfield KS, 1916 ad
- C.J. Boeger - Topeka KS, 1918 ad
- Bollow's Art Studio - Osborne KS, about early 1900s
- Boston's Studio - El Dorado KS
- Willis Brandon - Clyde KS
- Brask's - Winfield KS, 1916 ad
- Bridwell - Baldwin KS, 1912
- Christopher's - Topeka KS, 1918 ad
- M.D. Clark - Anthony KS. Bought the J.B. Lee Studio in May 1905.
- D.R. Cottrell - Seneca KS, 1888
- Da Lee - Lawrence KS, 1889 - 1894 estimate
- Eitner - Ottawa KS/Baldwin KS, 1921 - 1922
- Elete - Baldwin KS, 1898 mention
- Miss Everhart - Leavenworth KS
- Falk - Coffeyville KS, around 1926
- T.W. Farr - Baldwin KS, 1912
- Fennelly - Junction City
- Fleischer - Streator KS, about 1890s
- Francis & Hodge - Topeka KS, "The signature in the lower right corner is the photographer's logo, Francis & Hodge. Helen Francis (later Hodge) and L. Cady Hodge. They were a married couple and had a studio in Topeka at 714 Kansas Ave. in the late "teens" through 50's. Lincoln Hodge was an editor for the Topeka Capitol newspaper, Helen was a local artist." 1918 ad
- Maud Frink - Ottawa KS, 1911 ad
Eitner Studio, Ottawa KS
Kansas Photography Studios G - L
- Gregg - Chanute KS
- Arnold D. Grigs - Fourth Street, Topeka KS, 1922
- Haddan - Coffeyville KS, 1909 - 1924 ads
- Halladay Studio - Great Bend, KS, 1899 - 1904 newspaper mentions
- Hamilton - Lawrence KS, 1885 - 1889
- E. Leota Harper - Topeka KS, 1918 ad
- H.B. Harrison's Sepias - Cedar Vale KS, 1905 ad (Fine up-to-date photos in all the latest finish Carbon, Platino, Sepia, also photos on silk. Harrison's Sepias are Fine, Family groups at your home. Flashlights and Interiors made. Enlarging picture a specialty, I take pleasure in showing my work, Please call at Studio and see samples and get prices. All the latest accessories to work with. I will please you. H.B. Harrison.)
- Howard's Gallery - Eureka KS, 1881 - about 1912
- W.R. Ireland - Holton KS
- Johnston - Belleville KS, about 1890s
- E.V. King - Topeka KS, 1918 ad
- Kingers - Baldwin KS, 1905
- Kirch Studio - Bucklin KS, 1915 - 1919, also Coldwater
- W.H. Lamon - Baldwin KS 1885 (also Adams & Lamon 1866 ad - Lawrence KS)
- J.B. Lee - Anthony, KS (It seems that J.B. Lee was one of the first settlers in the Anthony area. He was a city engineer and surveyor before opening his photo studio. The earliest mention that I find for it in the Anthony Republican is July 1897. In May 1905, he sold the studio to M.D. Clark.)
- T.H. Lee Photography Studio - Seneca, KS, 1896
- Leonard Studio - Topeka KS
- C.F. Lewis - Lawrence KS, early 1900s
- Loomis - Fredonia, KS.
- Loomis - Emporia KS, about 1890s
- Loomis - Lawrence KS, 1906 ad
Kansas Photography Studios M - Mc
- Martin - Hutchison KS, about 1890s
- Mettner - Lawrence KS
- Metz - Baldwin KS, 1904
- T.I. Moffett - Lawrence KS, bought studio from Morris in 1908
- H.V. Moore & Co. - 116 W. 6th Street, Topeka KS, 1910
- Morris - Lawrence KS, sold studio to Moffett in 1908
- J.W. Moser - Meade KS, about 1880s - 1890s
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- McFarland Studio - 1930
Kansas Photography Studios N - R
- Newby - Baldwin KS, 1909 - 1910
- Nutter - Baldwin KS, 1910 - 1911
- L.S. Page - Emporia KS, 1873 - 1899
- Peterson Studio - Parsons KS, 1914
- Reese - Mankato KS, about 1890s
- Rembrandt Studio - Pittsburg KS, 1923
- Riches Studio - Emporia KS, started 1881
- Ringers - Paola KS, 1910 - 1921
- Ritchie Bros - Kingman, maybe 1880 - 1900
- D. Rodocker's - Cedar Vale, Winfield KS, 1884 - 1916
- Rollins - Osborne KS, about 1890s - 1900
Rodocker Studio Advertisement
More About the Rodocker Studio
Newspaper advertisement from 1904:
"D. Rodocker, whose studio is at 814 North Main street, phone 34, has been taking pictures of the people here for the past twenty years. His gallery is well equipped with modern accessories. Mr. Rodocker is a representative or that which is new and high class, that has gone before. The excellency of his work gives more truthful testimony than words express and he is as ever one of the popular leaders of photography in Winfield." (The Winfield Daily Free Press, 29 Mar 1904, page 6)
Dates for his photos would be 1884 through at least 1916 (see advertisement above).
Apparently, Rodocker traveled to Cedar Vale, KS, as an advertisement in that paper in 1907 said it was open every two weeks on Friday and Saturday. In 1908, O.C. Sartin purchased the Cedar Vale office from Rodocker.
Kansas Photography Studios S - Z
- Juno B. Shane - 615 Massachusetts, Lawrence KS, 1890 - 1907 (later became Thompson's in 1908)
- Snyder - 632 Kansas in 1889, 722 Kansas Avenue, Topeka KS, 1910 -
- Snyder - Burlington KS, 1897 ad, sold to E.C. Wingett in 1899, 1901 ad
- Snyder - 617 Commecial Street, Atchison KS, 1911 ad, 1929 ad, reopened as Sperry-Ferris Studio in 1932
- Spangler & Bridwell - Baldwin KS, 1911
- Squires - Baldwin KS, 1911
- E.S. Stevenson - Leavenworth KS, 1914
- H.D. Stowe's Gallery - Emporia KS, 1894 - 1897 ads
- Thompson - Lawrence KS, 1908
- F.A. Trader - Emporia KS, 1886 - 1892 advertisements
- W.C. Triggs - Abilene KS, 1910 - 1916 ads, sold to W.E. Weirman in 1916
- Underwood Studio - Kansas City KS, 1914
- Utter's - Long Island KS, early 1900s, mentioned in Concordia paper in 1913
- Weeks New Photograph Gallery - Lawrence KS, 1871 city directory ad and 1879
- Elmer Willis Studio - 925 Massachusetts, Lawrence KS, ads from 1894 - 1903
- E.C. Wingett - Burlington KS, 1899 - 1901 ads
- J.C. Wolcott - 710 Kansas,Topeka KS, 1918 ad & 1928 ad
Snyder's on Commercial Street in Atchison, Kansas
More Places to Find Kansas Photo Studio Information
There's a book,
- Mautz, Carl, 2018, "Biographies of Western Photographers. A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West", (Nevada City: Carl Mautz Publishing)
and a very helpful website which has photographers listed by state and also alphabetically: Langdon Road.
By 1910, Cameras Became More Available to Families
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: I just found a photograph in my wall of what looks like a mother & daughter take by E.W. Grigs , 9 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, Kansas. Trying to figure out when it could have been taken. Have you heard anything about this photographer?
Answer: I was unable to pin this one down. There was an ad in 1922 for an Arnold D. Grigs on Fourth Street. It might be the son of E.W. Grigs. In an Internet search, I found a photo taken by E.W. Grigs that was from early in the 1900s but I couldn't put an exact date on it.
Question: I have photographs that I can't identify c. 1900 from J.B. Lee & Co., Anthony Ks. Do you know anything about this studio?
Answer: It seems that J.B. Lee was one of the first settlers in the Anthony area. He was a city engineer and surveyor before opening his photo studio. The earliest mention that I find for it in the Anthony Republican is July 1897. In May 1905, he sold the studio to M.D. Clark.
Question: What years did H.D. Stowe have a studio at 518 Commercial, Emporia?
Answer: I found ads in Emporia newspapers for 1894 - 1897.
Question: I have several family photographs with "Goldberg" Studios written on it in pencil, "Wichita, Ks", and probably from the 1930s. Do you know where to find the record?
Answer: I found one advertisement in The Catholic Advance (Wichita) for 1939. The studio was located at 221 S. Broadway. I also found a 1928 photo in an Emporia paper that said the photo was by Goldberg Studios of Wichita. So it would seem that the Goldberg Studio was active at least from 1928 to 1939.
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If you know about a photo studio in Kansas from this era, please tell about it in the comments.
CeeBee on July 14, 2020:
I have a photograph from 1939 or so taken by New Rembrandt of Wichita. Is there any information about this studio?
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 28, 2020:
Thanks, Dwight. I'll search for more info on those studios and add them to the page. Much appreciated.
Dwight Barlow Lindley on June 27, 2020:
I have a photo in a sleeve of my Grandfather George Maxwell Lindley with lady liberty in the left corner and the name A. Lawrence
Lawrence Kansas in bottom right.
Have a few of my Great grandparents with 615 Mass J. B Shane, Lawrence Kansas.
Have one with my great grandmother on it from Eastern Post card co. 204 east 12th street Kansas city Mo.
Have a photo from S, Goodnight 728 Mass St, Lawrence, Kansas
Have a photo of my dad in 1943 from His or Hix or Hif On Studio , Lawrence, Kansas
Have one of my dad from Kindred Studio, Indianapolis .
Have a small tin from Katz Super store by the photomatic
Have some frpom Estes, Lawrence, Kansas
Have one from Palenske Studio, Osage City and Burlingame Kansas
Have one from Scott Foley, Topeka
Maybe one from Dalton - Brown - 56'
Lawrence Studio, Lawrence, Kansas
And one of my mom. Scanna?
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 27, 2020:
Rebecca - I'll see what I can find on these.
Rebeccabryant707@gmail.com on May 22, 2020:
My great grandfather had a brother, Charles Daniel Avery Jr. who owned a photography studio, C. D. Avery Studio in Concordia, Kansas in the 1890s and early 1900s. Before 1910, as he moved to California by the 1910 census. One logo includes “ground floor studio”. We have lots of family photos that he took during that time and I can provide pictures of those. I would like to know more about the studio whereabouts and see advertisements! I also have a couple photos from a Reinhard Studio Concordia, Kans. One has a date of 1907. Would like to know more about that studio too. Love your site!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 07, 2020:
Willetta Samuels - I'm finding mentions of Halladay Studio in 1899 and 1900 Great Bend newspapers.
Willetta Samuels on February 11, 2020:
Virginia, I have an old photo of my great grandparents taken at the Halladay Extra Finish Studio in Great Bend, Kansas.
They arrived in the USA in 1880 and Great Grandfather passed away in 1904.
I would love to find more information about this studio, so maybe the negatives are still in someones possession? Or find a date for photo?
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 30, 2019:
Thanks, Dave, I'll add that one in and see what I can find out about the dates in old newspapers.
Dave Haslett on November 30, 2019:
If your still maintaining this i have a new one for you, "The Hodge Studio" in Topeka, ks. I can send you proof if you'd like it. All i know is the name.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 24, 2019:
Thanks! I'll add that in.
Doug Campbell on June 24, 2019:
I have an old photo of letter carriers. The studio is listed as Baugh Studio, Independence, Ks.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 16, 2019:
Hello, Virginia, this is a serious study and my pleasure in reading the story. Thanks for sharing.
Liz Westwood from UK on December 09, 2018:
In the digital age it is easy to forget that there was once a time when photographic studios were more prolific. Looking back through family articles the oldest are the ones taken in studios.