This leather bound volume of 104 albumen prints by Isaiah Taber document the Gilded Age of San Francisco. The photographs
are mounted on pages of advertisements for San Francisco businesses. Most of the photographs depict the exterior of the business
building (including a view of Taber's studio).
Isaiah West Taber was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts August 17, 1830. Taber came to California in 1850, where he spent
four years working first as a miner, then a farmer. Taber returned to New Bedford in 1854 where he studied dentistry and began
a dental practice. An interest in amateur photography eventually became his life-work. He settled in Syracuse, New York, where
he opened his first studio. In 1864 he returned to California at the inducement of the photographers Bradley and Rulofson,
whom he worked for until 1871. Taber established the "Taber Gallery" at No. 12 Montgomery Street in 1871. His highly successful
business was well-known for portraiture and a vast stock of California and Western views. Due to his success and stature in
California, Taber was awarded the photographic concession of the Midwinter Fair of 1893-94 in San Francisco. Taber's career
ended in 1906 when his entire collection of glass plates, view negatives and portraits on glass were destroyed in the San
Francisco Earthquake and Fire. He died February 22, 1912.
1 photograph album (104 photographic prints: albumen); album 20 x 29 cm, prints 20 x 25 cm
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