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Identifier: P0690

Title: Eugene Taylor Commercial Photography Collection

Description: Eugene "Gene" Taylor (1883-1968) was born in Great Britain and arrived in St. Louis in 1904 to teach photography at E.G. Lewis's People's University, an associated enterprise of Lewis' Women's Magazine Company. After the collapse of Lewis's businesses, Taylor established his commercial studio, The Taylor Photographers. Taylor was innovative in the fields of advertising photography where he developed a procedure for creating photographic catalogs for traveling salesmen to replace bulky sample cases. He also worked with stop motion and circus photography. Toward the end of his career he specialized in trade show photography. The Eugene Taylor Commercial Photography Collection consists of three subcollections. In order of acquisition, they are: The Trade Shows collection, acquired from Taylor's daughter, Mrs. Grace Williams, which consists of photographic prints and 35mm slides of trade shows held in St. Louis during the 1950s and early 1960s. The Buzz Taylor collection, acquired by purchase from Taylor's son, James "Buzz" Taylor, consists of photographic prints, albums and negatives from the 1920s through the 1950s. Some photographs by Buzz Taylor, who established a rival commercial studio in the early 1950s, may be intermingled with his father's work. The Taylor-Block Brothers Studio collection consists of film and glass plate negatives made approximately 1926-1930, which Taylor sold to the Block Brothers, and which were acquired with the Block Brothers Collection. The Taylor-Block Brothers Studio collection is unprocessed. The seven photo albums in the Buzz Taylor acquisition are: "Balalaika" - Municipal Opera - Forest Park - St. Louis, MO - June 3 to 13, 1943", 27 photographs showing the program and the production. "Greek Orthodox Church Dedication - Church of the Assumption, St. Louis, Mo., May 30-31, 1964", 11 photos. "Sample Convention Photographs by Eugene 'Gene' Taylor - Convention and Banquet Photographer", 25 photos of Optimist Club activities, 1924-1954. Untitled album, 23 photos of St. Louis sites, including Lambert Airport and St. Louis Art Museum in the 1950s. Untitled sample wedding photo album, 1940s. "Residence of Griffin Watkins", 14 photographs, mostly interior, ca 1925. Disbound untitled album of 16 architectural photos of an unidentified country residence, ca 1925. "A Sample Book of Taylor Photographs in Dawson Binders" - "A Real Sales Tool.” Taylor's prototype of his photographic salesmen’s sample book, about 43 hand-colored photographs of clothing and accessories as well as fabric swatches and typed cards with price structures for ordering fashion sample books. Subjects of the other photographs in the Buzz Taylor acquisition include: automobiles; people; sports; Taylor Studio; Veiled Prophet parades, balls and portraits; Shriner's Circus; Fort Leonard Wood; Lambert St. Louis Airport; American Theater; Kiel Auditorium; Chase Park Plaza; Jefferson Hotel; Roy Rogers; more. General subjects include: churches; commercial buildings; construction; trucks; automobiles; cars; William Ittner architectural renderings; commercial photography; machinery; residences; portraits; fashion clothing; Fontbonne College; St. Louis street scenes; Masonic Temple on Lindell Boulevard; Chamberlain Medical Company products, including aspirin and cod liver oil; Rhodes Manufacturing Company; Remington typewriter; Radio Sales Company; Richardson Marion; Royana Petroleum; meeting of York Ice Machine Company branch offices and York Ice Machine Company group; Caradine Hat Company; fashion clothing models; Art Publication Society, including view of its buildings, portraits, and images related to music instruction; Wallace Bassford Studios, women's necklaces and beaded purses; advertisements; Chappelow Advertising Company and advertisement for Recordion record company; township map of St. Louis County; rendering of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company building by Hugh Ferris; advertisement for Hamilton-Br

Rights: UND


Dates: ca. 1920 - 1964

Type(s): Black and White, Color and Hand-Colored Photographic Prints, Color Slides, Film Negatives, Glass Plate Negatives

Maker/Creator: Eugene Taylor (St. Louis)



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