Two photograph albums containing
late-19th century portraits by William H. Pilliner, an early photographer in the Western
William H. Pilliner (1826-1902) was born in the Dutch East Indies. He went to San Francisco
as a youth, eventually learned photography and in 1858 had his first gallery in Red Bluff,
California. In 1863, he married Eliza Jane McGuire, born about 1843, who came to California
from Missouri in 1850. For the next several decades they and their children lived
intermittently in California, Nevada, Montana, and Idaho, where Pilliner operated various
photography studios. His son Frederick John Pilliner also became a photographer, and father
and son operated a gallery together for a brief time in Silver City, Idaho in 1891.
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