Abraham Bogardus (1822 to 1908)

A cabinet card of Samuel Morse by Bogardus. image courtesy of C. Wesley Cowan's Historic Americana Auction.

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A sixth plate daguerreotype of an older woman

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Abraham Bogardus cabinet card photograph of Loves Horses, a Sioux warrior

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Albumen photograph of daguerreotypist Abraham Bogardus

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Abraham Bogardus (1822 to 1908)

Abraham Bogardus (1822 to 1908) was trained in the Daguerreotype process by George W. Prosch in New York City. By 1846, Bogardus opened a studio and gallery in New York City on 363 Broadway, and he became very successful in his work. In 1868, he helped found the National Photographic Association, serving as President of the association from 1868-1874. From 1847-1852, Bogardus was listed as a Daguerreotypist at 217 Greenwich Street. He resided in Newark, NJ from 1849-1851, but he returned to Grove Street, New York City from 1851-1852. His business became so successful that he opened a branch gallery in 1849 in Newark, NJ at 126 Washington Street, which moved in 1850 to 8 Clinton Street. His New York gallery was also moved to 229 Greenwich Street in 1851 and the Old Root Gallery at 363 Broadway, which was refitted in 1862. He went on to open a new studio as well at 1153 Broadway in 1869, but he still maintained his 363 Broadway address.

Bogardus intended to retire from photography in 1884 and ran an advertisement in the Philadelphia Photographer, offering his well-known establishment for sale, after thirty-eight years’ continuous existence in this city. He retired from photography in 1887, and in 1891, it was reported that he was about to take up residence in Stark, ND, in the interest of the Dakota Land Company. He recalled that he had made some 200,000 daguerreotypes during his 15-17 years as a daguerreotypist. (Information obtained from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, October 10, 2011.)


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