1880's Photographer Godfrey Pach Vintage Business Card, NYC New Jersey
#640 Pach Genealogy:
Printed on card: Godfrey Pach, 841 Broadway. (The early Pach Bros Photo Studio was located at 841 Broadway in New York City from 1877-1890)
The Pach Brothers Photographers were a force in the New York City area in early photography. Gustavus Pach 1848–1904 started the business around 1866, after the Civil War. It incorporated in 1877, and he brought his brothers in to the business as partners. They were partially funded by Ulysses Grant and became the official West Point Photographers. Their business flourished, taking photos of everything imaginable in early New York City life from portraits of the masses to celebrities, politicians, city scenes and major events. Sadly, a major fire in 1895 wiped out their entire NYC business and all the early negatives. The Pach Photography firm continued until 1994 with the next generations. Godfrey Pach was the youngest son of photographer James Pach.
Gustavus Pach 1848–1904 Founder
Gotthelf Pach 1852–1925 Brother
Oscar Pach 1849-1903 Brother, an early cameraman
Morris Pach 1837–1914 Brother
Godfrey Pach born 1852, the youngest brother
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
In a publication called "J.W. Weeks & Co.'s annual directory of Detroit for 1876-77: embracing a complete alphabetical list of business firms" we see a Godfrey Pach, German, age 21, as working in a lab.
Godfrey Pach in the 1880 United States Federal Census
Birth Year: abt 1852, Germany
Home in 1880: Ocean, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's name: J.M. Pach (James M. Pach 1849-1903)
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's name: Johanna Pach
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Household Members: Name, Age
J.M. Pach 68, occupation: Photographer
Johanna Pach 66, mother, at home
Barney Pach 34 Son, occupation: Baker
Augustus W. Pach 32 Son, occupation: Photographer
Bertha Pach 31, sister, at home
Oscar Pach 30 Son, occupation: Photographer
Godfrey Pach 28 Son, occupation: Photographer
This original personal business card of Godfrey Pach was found in a large collection of 19th and early 20th c. material in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The card is printed on heavy old off white cardstock with simple early American typography font. There is extensive info on this family in online searches. The Pach Brothers Portrait Photograph Collection 1867-1947 is held at the New York Historical Society.
We could find no other reference to Godfrey Pach in extensive searches after the 1880 census, although he is listed as the youngest living brother in the 1914 "Red Bank Register Newspaper" of Red Bank, New Jersey in 1914, when his brother Mortimer Pach 1837-1914 died. This is a beautiful and original and rare vintage piece and his personal card.
Size: 3 x 1.75 inches
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