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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John A. Mather

Other: J.A. Mather 
Other: John A. Mather 
Other: John Aked Mather 
Other: John Mather 
Dates:  1829 - 1915
Born:  England, Bury
Died:  US, PA, Titusville
Active:  US
Based in Titusville, Pennsylvania he documented the early oilfields from 1860. In the book by William Culp Darrah Stereo Views: A History of Stereographs in America and their Collection (1964, p.171) it states that between 1860 and 1896 he took over 4,000 negatives of this region and of these over 600 were in stereo.
On 14 September 1964 his work was commemorated by a Pennsylvania Historical Marker placed at 407 East Main Street (PA 27), Titusville, PA with the words:
John A. Mather
Photographer of oil industry from 1860, lived in this house. His thousands of views form an extraordinary record of an industry that began here. Born, Bury, England, in 1829, died Titusville, 1915.
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Titusville, PA, US 
[6-8] *[John A. Mather] "Traveling Studio & Floating Studio in Oil Creek"; "Views of the Pennsylvania Oil Regions", fine & important coverage of oil regions, hundreds of stereos; many negs. destroyed in fire/flood; 3,200 survive in Drake Well memorial museum. B. England; trained as papermaker; in OH first, came to Titusville 60, spent rest of career there; D. 15; relationship if any to H.S. Mather of NY & IA unknown. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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John A. Mather Historical Marker ... 
Mather worked from 1860 documenting the Oil Creek area of Pennsylvania as the oil boom took place. 
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