Friday Faces – Siblings in the Photographer’s Studio

Perkins, J.W. CDVGirls&horn
 Unidentified girl and little brother, carte de visite by J. W. Perkins, Augusta, Ga., ca. 1868; author’s collection [Click any image to enlarge]

I thought it was time to show you more Georgia portraits by various photographers. The following are only some of the cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and other card photos from my collection that depict siblings – sisters, brothers, and of course, brothers and sisters.

If you have no interest in Georgia photographers, I hope you enjoy looking at their photographs. The biographical information I give on these photographers is only a small portion of what I have on each. If you have any questions regarding them, or their subjects, please contact me.

The photographer of the image above, J. W. (Jabez Whiting) Perkins, had a long career as a photographer in Georgia. He was born about 1828 in Connecticut, was a daguerreotypist in Florida by at least 1850, and worked as a resident photographer in five Georgia cities (Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Covington, and Atlanta) from 1851-1897. Perkins is another of those northern businessmen working in the South who served in the Confederate army.

Perkins had a number of partners during his career, but the most well known is his partnership with Isaac Tucker.  As Tucker & Perkins their partnership lasted, sporadically, from 1852 to 1861. They worked primarily in Augusta and Savannah, and briefly in Columbus.  The carte de viste above was made when Perkins worked alone at 194 Broad Street in Augusta. The siblings sit on two levels of a step prop; the older sister holds onto her little brother who holds a horn, probably a Perkins studio prop. Each child’s checks are tinted “rosey”, but the hand-tinting is barely discernible now.

J. W. Perkins’ son, William R. Perkins, was also a photographer in Georgia, 1880 – 1909, sometimes working with his father. Following an attempted suicide and a stay in the Milledgeville (Georgia) sanitarium, he worked as a photographer in Cincinnati, Ohio by 1920, but was operating a boarding house there by 1930.

Wilson, J. N.  cdv backmark detail

Wilson, J. N. siblings cdvs
Two unidentified sisters, carte-de-visite by J. N. Wilson, Savannah, ca. 1875; back mark detail above; author’s collection

These two little girls, photographed by J. N. Wilson, are marked as his negative numbers 7403 and 7404.  I mentioned Wilson (1827 – 1897) and his work in  Savannah  briefly in my 2013 Veteran’s Day post http://wp.me/p3wX4F-cW  and in a Monday Musings http://wp.me/p3wX4F-eQ I really will write about him in more detail one of these days!

Although some stereoviews have been attributed to him as early as ca. 1862, thus far the first advertisement I’ve found for Wilson as a Savannah photographer is in the Savannah Daily Herald on Oct. 9, 1865, when  he advertised his Photographs and Ambrotypes.  He first appeared in the Savannah city directories in 1866. I believe he is the Jerome N. Wilson who served on the Georgia coast with 1st Battalion GA Cavalry from August 1861 until early 1863, so it is possible those earlier images were made at that time.

Wilson had a series of partners off and on throughout his career, including James A. Palmer, O.P. Havens, Michael Vaughan (probably his brother-in-law), and at the end of his life, Martin Royall. His son Michael Edward Wilson took over and expanded the photography business after his father’s death.

Warlick, D.A. sisters

Warlick, D.A brother

Two sisters, and their brother, all unidentified; cabinet cards made by D.A. Warlick,  Marietta, Ga., ca. 1887; author’s collection 

These three images were sold to me as a group, and identified by the seller as siblings, although this boy, who I do believe is the girls’ brother (look at those six pale eyes!), is barefoot, and they are not. Notice the same backdrop is used for his photograph, and a chair, although not a rocking chair, and a similar pose is used in his photograph as well.

Perhaps because boys were allowed much more freedom than girls, those “bad boys” might be portrayed barefoot, a la Huck Finn. You probably would not see a barefoot girl in a studio photograph, but I have seen a barefoot “country” girl photographed by an itinerant photographer.

David Absalom Warlick (born either 1855, per his grave marker, or 1856, per his death certificate) worked in Marietta, Georgia ca. 1875 – 1900. Then he purchased a studio in Griffin, and possibly one in Barnesville, where he worked until 1910. His next move was to Macon where he worked as a photographer until his death. While in Marietta, Warlick had partners including a jeweler named Samuel G. Mozley, another man named McConnell, and briefly a brother.  I have more research to do on these partnerships.

D. A. Warlick’s younger son Lewis worked for him for a short time in Macon around 1910. His older son H. C. (Hillyer Clarence) worked for his father by 1900, in Marietta, and he carried on the Macon photography studio when his father died in 1927.

Ricks - Valdosta - Pitt kids 1906Hector Pitt Tomlinson, age 4 years, and Georgie Tomlinson, age 5 months, March 1906; 6″x8″ mounted card photograph by Ricks Studio, Valdosta; author’s collection

The Tomlinson brothers were from Lake Butler, Florida, and were either visiting Valdosta or were brought across the state line to have their picture made in the studio of W. L. Ricks. William L. Ricks (1876 – 1962) had a photography studio in that city from about 1900 until at least 1940. He also ran a studio in nearby Quitman, GA, where he may have been born, from about 1900 to 1905.

W. L. Ricks was an enterprising man. He was active with, and an officer in, the Tri-State Photographers’ Association. He also ran Ricks Printing Co. and advertised  as a “printer & bill poster” ca. 1905.  In 1911 he had a three-year lease on a theater on the second floor of city hall, but he lost it in 1912.

Ricks, W.L. Dec.1908Advertisement, Valdosta Times, 19 December 1908

In Valdosta his sister Ethel (b. 1880) assisted him  in the Studio from about 1905 – 1915, and his son Charles assisted him, ca. 1930 to 1940; W. L.’s wife Margaret asssisted him at least in 1940, perhaps longer.

Ethel moved to Atlanta by 1919 and worked as a photographer for the Alfa Lomax Studio until 1930; after that she managed an apartment building. In about 1938 Ethel moved to Florida where she lived to the grand age of 94.

I will close this post with a favorite photograph. This one is made by another woman photographer, Miss A. L. Pickett (Annie Lizzie Pickett, 1863 – 1949) of Americus. She was a milliner in Americus (1887 – 1895), before becoming a photographer. She remained a photographer until about 1908.

Pickett, Miss Raymond&Madie_0002Raymond and Madie, ca. 1905; 6″x8″ mounted card photograph by Miss A. L. Pickett, Americus, Ga.; author’s collection

I plan to do a more detailed post this year on the various women working in photography in Georgia (I’ve thus far recorded over 165, including a few visiting photographers). I was going to leave this Miss Pickett photograph out of this post for that reason, but I could not. The simplicity of the pose is refreshing, and this is the work of a woman who knew how to bring out the best in a child. These children are actually, very definitely smiling!

 © E. Lee Eltzroth and Hunting & Gathering, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without  written permission from this blog’s author is prohibited. The piece can be re-blogged, and excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to E. Lee Eltzroth and Hunting & Gathering, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

2 comments

  1. Very nice article about siblings in the studio. I placed in Pinterest two cdvs of a brother and sister photographed by Dill & Maeir of Atlanta. You may want to see this if not done so already. The link is http://www.pinterest.com/fredrodriguez35/dill-maeir-atlanta-photographers/ Enjoy your blog inmensenly. Thanks for all you do. Fred

  2. Thank you for the complement, Fred. I have been away at a Symposium but will try to catch up in the next few days and look at the images. I noted you posted my hand-tinted D&M so I will check and make sure that link works!

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