I have acquired an old photo album containing many pictures from the late 1800s. I’m going through the album to catalog the photos with as much information as can be gleaned from them. My hope is to return the album and photos to the descendants of those pictured. Read about the first photos in the album here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**
Back to Danbury, Connecticut, for the next two photos. Here’s photo No. 5 (no identifying notes and nothing on the back):
The photographer’s imprint is a bit hard to decipher here. Wynard’s appears in large letters, but over top of that I think it says C. G. Smith & Co. in script.
I found a directory listing for a Charles E. Wynard in Danbury, Conn., in 1890 on Ancestry.com. His street address is listed as 247 Main. I find no other trace of him in various databases.
Here is 247 Main Street in Danbury today, thanks to Google’s Street View (the business there now is a Chinese restaurant called Good Taste):
Here is photo No. 6 (also no notes or anything else printed on the back):
This photograph’s imprint is much easier to read: C. A. Blackman at 242 Main Street in Danbury (only a few doors down from the photographer who took the previous photo!).
Charles A. Blackman, photographer, appears in the 1900 census in Bridgeport, Conn. He appears in Norwalk, Conn., city directories in 1887, 1888, 1889 and 1891. He’s listed in a Danbury, Conn., directory at 242 Main in 1892, 1894 and 1895. Below is his listing in 1895:
Danbury and Norwalk are 23-24 miles apart, so I think it’s safe to say that he wasn’t commuting from one place to the other. The distance between Bridgeport and Danbury is even greater. Therefore, I think we can say with confidence that this photo was taken between 1892 and 1900.
Just for fun, I created the map below in Google Maps to show the location of the three photographers we’ve found in Danbury so far:
The blue dot in the lower right section is Edward A. Osborne (from Photos 1 & 2). The middle dot is Charles Blackman and the top-left dot is Wynard’s. You can view the map on Google Maps to further explore the area.
1900 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgeport Township, page 4B, dwelling 70, family 78, C. A. Blackman; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011); National Archives and Records Administration Microfilm Roll: T623_131.
Crofutt’s Danbury City Directory, 1892, 1894-95. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011).
Danbury City Directory, 1890. New Haven, CT: Fred. B. Crofutt, 1890.; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011).
Norwalk, Connecticut Directories, 1887-89, 1891. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011).