Erie County (PA) Genealogy

Early Photographers Directory

Contributed by Gaylene Kerr Banister and others


The information below has been provided by Gaylene in an effort to assist others who may be trying to identify when an old photograph was taken, if there is photographer information included on the picture. This list will be expanded as others submit information to me (Bill Klauk).


List of photographers doing business in the City of Erie during the years listed

(Transcribed from Erie City Directories by Heather Banister Burgess, 1997)


1867-68
  • Dolph Bros.; Farrar Hall Bldg
  • S. D. Wager & Co.; 1233 Peach above Union Depot
  • Geo. C. Dunn; 28 & 30 N. Park Row
1874-75
  • Boepple, Chas.; Peach between 20 & 21
  • Brown, B. W.; 1390 Peach
  • Lott, W. A.; 30 North Park
  • Ohlwiler, E. H.; 19 & 20 North Park
  • Wager & Churchill; 1376 Peach
  • Weber, F. J.; 9th between German & Parade
  • Wilber & Bassett; 23 & 24 North Park
1876-77
  • Boepple, Chas W.; 2011 Peach
  • Lott, W. A.; 29 & 30 North Park
  • Ohlwiler, E. H.; 19 & 20 North Park
  • Wager & Crowell; 1510 Peach
  • Weber, F. J. & Bro.; 9th between German & Parade
  • Wilber & Bassett; 23 & 24 North Park
1877
  • Bassett, F. J.; 728 State
  • Boepple, Chas. W.; 2011 Peach
  • Morand, W. A.; 23 & 24 North Park
  • Ohlwiler, E. H.; 19 & 20 North Park
  • Wager & Crowell; 1510 Peach
  • Weber, F. J. & Bro.; 351 East 9th
1878
  • Bassett, F. J.; 723 State
  • Boepple, Chas; 2011 Peach
  • Crowell & Son; 1523 Peach
  • Morand, W. A. 23 & 24 North Park
  • Ohlwiler, E. H.; 19 & 20 North Park
  • Weber, F. J. & Bros. 351 East 9th
1879
  • Bassett, F. J. 728 State
  • Boepple, Chas. W., 2011 Peach
  • Crowell & Son; 1523 Peach
  • Morand, W. A.; 23 & 24 North Park
  • Ohwiler, E. H.; 19 & 20 North Park
  • Pier, B. F.; 29 North Park
  • Weber Bros; 351 East 9th

The above chart was posted on April 30, 2001.


The following addition was made March 12, 2003:

Site visitor Alan Hawkins has advised of an 1870s era photographer from Edinboro. William H. Van Dyke had a studio on Meadville Street in Edinboro across from the Methodist Episcopal Church. A biography of this gentleman, extracted from the Bates 1884 History of Erie County, can be found in the Rootsweb Message Boards as posted 19 April 2001.


The following addition was made November 10, 2003:

Site visitor Joi Dickerson recently purchased some old photos and has provided additional Photographer information. Several studio names are shown above but one additional Erie studio is mentioned, along with a studio one or more counties south of us in Oil City:

Frank Robbins - Oil City, PA - 1883 Photo
DM Chambers & Co - Union Block /Erie, PA - no date
E.H Ohwiler - 19 & 20 N. Park Row/Erie, PA - no date
Wager & Churchill - 1310 Peach Street/Erie, PA - no date


The following addition was made December 24, 2005:

Site visitor and contributor Susan Smith has access to a family related photo which provides additional Photographer information. The portrait lists the photographer as G. R. Nourse of Fairview, Erie County, PA. He is listed in the 1870 census as 34 with an occupation of Artist.


This page was last updated on  Saturday, December 24, 2005 .

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