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The Curious Attribution Case Of A Rare Civil War Photographer Cancel

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Posted 05/24/2020   09:30 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This one's a bit of a head-scratcher. If anyone can lend any insight, I would appreciate it.

Below is one of the pages from Bruce Baryla's award-winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit (exhibit in its entirety can be seen at ).

When Bruce broke up the exhibit in 2013, I acquired this page along with many other items from the exhibit.

Along with that CDV, he also had a second CDV showing another portion of the same cancel. Here are both CDVs.

The cancel is attributed as being from the studio of "C. Becker, Hudson, N.Y." which is borne out by the markings on the photo side of the CDV.

Fast forward to last week. I was perusing the Bay when I saw a listing for revenues on album pages. It was a real nothingburger of a lot, considerably overpriced for what was in it... but one particular stamp on a page caught my eye:

So I placed a snipe on the lot just for one stamp and proceeded to win it. Here is a high-resolution image of the stamp in question.

It's clearly the same camera image... but the name in the cancel appears to be "R. N. Ham", not "C. Becker".

Here is a composite of the 3 cancels.

My Google searching shows a third photographer "Jas. E. Canfield" at 322 Warren Street (address can be partially seen in composite image above) in Hudson, N.Y. at approximately the same time, so I'm wondering if there were several photographers that shared that same studio location. Any thoughts?
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Posted 05/24/2020   3:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

My first thought is to look at some city directories for Hudson, New York, and see which of the names was holding forth as a photographer at that location over time.
I was not able to locate any except in I do not have a paid subscription so cannot dig into this myself, but perhaps you do, or some other Forum member might be able to do this. The full placename for limiting location searching is Hudson, Columbia County, New York.

BTW there is yet another photographer in town about then: a Francis Forshew

The Hudson library would likely be able to help whenever they reopen.

Hope this helps.
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Several thoughts come to mind having tracked the 19th century photographers in another city of similar size ...

City directories are often too infrequent in the civil war era to capture the desired info.
Ads in newspapers do a much better job and the taxed era is short enough to do a quick survey about every month. Many of these are ocr'd too.
Photographers came and went quite rapidly, often at the same address.
Non-stamped mundane photos are typically inexpensive enough to quickly acquire a representative collection from a city.
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