Maybe some of these books would help.
Here is one that could possibly be useful even though it says the 19th
Century and your photos are from the early 20th Century. It would probably
be worth contacting the author.
[Book] Brown, Robert O - Collector's Guide to 19th Century US
Traveling Photographers - ISBN 1-929955-13-8. Contact the author at
Also, I did a quick search and there are a couple G. M. Tembys that I could
find on footnote.com. I think Marcia has the correct G. Temby in 1880.
Please see attached 1880 census. The birth year matches as well as his
sister Belle is noted in both and her ages are correct.
One is named Gwynn M. Temby and is a traveling salesman living in Dallas,
Texas in the 1901 Dallas City Directory.
In the 1900 City of Houston, Harris County, Texas United States Census, he
is noted as Guin Temby son of M. J. (or could that be W. J. Temby as in
1880?). Guin is age 32, born about June 1868. He is noted as single. He
is a clerk. Also in the household are a couple of his sisters one of which
is married. There is also a Wisconsin connection noted.
In 1906, a Gwynne M. Temby is the manager of the American Chewing Gum
Company in St. Louis, Missouri.
The other is a Gwynne M. Temby in Chicago who was originally from Wisconsin
and his parents were from England (father) and New York (mother). The Gwynn
Temby noted in Chicago obviously did quite well as he is noted as buying a
new high grade apartment building for $35,000 in 1913 in Chicago. In the
1914 Chicago City Directory, he is noted as a Jeweler.
With an unusual name like Gwynne/Guin, they are either the same person or
some relation to each other.
I am not sure if yahoo will let me attach the images, but I will try. If it
does not let me attach the images, please email me directly and I will be
happy to send them.
Hope this helps.
All the Best,
On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:22 PM, Marcia McLawhorn <
> I checked the 1880 census for Temby. Found only 91 individuals in the
> entire census.
> Of those, two are females named Grace and one is a male named Geoyelle.
> Geoyelle is 12 YO living with his family in Dallas. As his father has a
> middle name, I would expect that his children would also. This boy would be
> 23 YO in 1891.
> In 1911, he would be 43 YO; old enough to be around the block a time or
> _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
> Theory: I took my child to K-Mart for photos every couple of months.
> Perhaps the furniture store provided space for a traveling photographer
> hoping that the additional foot traffic would increase his sales.
> I have two old photos taken in the Pitt-Greene-Lenoir area between
> possibly in an furniture store's room display [if they did that then].
> --- On Wed, 9/29/10, Trish Worthington Cobb <turniproots@...<turniproots%40mac.com>>
> On Sep 28, 2010, at 11:16 PM, Marcia McLawhorn wrote:
> > Trish,
> > I'm not sure is this information has any value for you.
> > I found an article "Hotel Arrivals" in Fort Worth Gazette, which
> > indicates that
> > "G M Temby of Houston" checked into the Pickwick Hotel on 17 July
> > 1891.
> > Pickwick Hotel was located in Fort Worth, Texas.
> > Fort Worth gazette. (Fort Worth, Tex.) 1891-1898, July 18, 1891,
> > Image 2
> > Article titled "Hotel Arrivals" is found in column 6 [of 7] on page 2.
> > The Library of Congress > Chronicling America > Fort Worth gazette.
> > (Fort Worth, Tex.) 1891-1898, July 18, 1891, Image 2
> > Marcia
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