H Marshall Gardiner – Hand-Colored Photographs

H. Marshall Gardiner (1884-1942) was born on September 18, 1884 into a photographic relatives led by his father, W.H. Gardiner. Seemingly some sources list his initial identify as “Harry“, other sources record him as “Henry“. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada his family immigrated to the United States circa 1890. As soon as the family was settled W.H. Gardiner opened two photographic studios, one in Detroit, Michigan through the wintertime months and a next at Mackinac Island, Michigan through the more tourist-oriented summer months months. Recognizing the likely of Florida’s fast increasing vacationer trade, close to 1894-95 H. Marshall Gardiner moved with his loved ones from Detroit to Daytona, Florida which proved substantially additional accommodating to the family’s photographic business for the duration of the colder winter season months.

H. Marshall Gardiner discovered several of his photographic approaches from his father prior to heading out on his possess at a reasonably early age. Whereas his father commonly utilised soaked collodian negatives, technology experienced innovative to exactly where H. Marshall Gardiner was equipped to use gelatin dry plates in his earlier decades. And in the later yrs he was able to utilize the less costly and a lot a lot more effortless roll movie.

A different really critical lesson Gardiner acquired from his father was that one particular of the keys to running a successful photographic company was to set up shop in a vacationer resort. Early in his vocation Gardiner traveled to Bermuda. There he shot a sequence of beautiful Bermuda scenes that he hand-coloured and marketed to the Bermuda tourist trade. Offered there about a significant period of time of time, these Bermuda scenes delivered a pleasant earnings stream as the years went on. They proved so popular that we have even witnessed some with pre-printed (vs. hand-signed) signatures suggesting a considerable-more than enough income quantity to justify the considerable cost of pre-printing mats.

Close to 1910 he to start with traveled to the island of Nantucket, just off the coastline of Massachusetts’s Cape Cod. He was all over 26 at the time and the year-spherical inhabitants of Nantucket was just over 2500, not practically adequate to maintain a photographic enterprise for the total 12 months. On Nantucket Gardiner opened a joint Pictures and Art Provides Store. Working as Nantucket’s exceptional agent for Eastman Kodak, his small business expanded to include things like the island’s only photo-finishing service. However, with such a small year-round inhabitants, even the addition of a Gift Shop to compliment the hand-painted photographs, common portrait & photographic providers, and artwork materials could not sustain him on Nantucket yr spherical.

So for the duration of the winter months he helped with the family’s photographic companies in Daytona and Mackinac Island. And upon his father’s death in 1935, Gardiner took over the loved ones business enterprise in Daytona on a whole-time foundation.

H. Marshall Gardiner was married twice. His to start with relationship was to a Nantucket “Macy” who was a descendant of one of the founding people of Nantucket. She died right after eight years of relationship and he then married Bertha Coffin Chase, a descendant of one more Nantucket founding family.

H. Marshall Gardiner’s hand-painted photos are pretty related to people by Wallace Nutting and the other main New England photographers. That is, most are matted, usually on white mat board getting a platemark indentation about the impression, signed “H. Marshall Gardiner” reduce suitable beneath the picture, and titled decreased still left beneath the image. And most are framed in thinner frames, also in the model of Wallace Nutting.

From the point of view of a hand-colored pictures collector H. Marshall Gardiner made operates in 3 principal areas…NantucketFlorida…and Bermuda. And the desirability of Gardiner’s get the job done with collectors commonly ranks in that get.

H. Marshall Gardiner’s Nantucket hand-painted photos are certainly his most attractive operates. Revenue normally life on Nantucket and both equally comprehensive-time and aspect-time inhabitants, as perfectly as website visitors and tourists, like to collect Gardiner’s hand-painted Nantucket images. Scenes with properties and people are often the most fascinating. Seascapes and locale-specific Exterior scenes are also really collectible. His extra generic Exterior scenes are possibly the the very least collectible of his a variety of Nantucket views. Even though for a small time period of time close to 2000-2002 selling prices had been topping $1,000 for the rarest Nantucket scenes in the finest issue, the higher-finish market has softened to some degree and currently the greater Gardiner Nantucket scenes will much more normally convey in the $250-$500 assortment. Evidently the Gardiner Nantucket marketplace on eBay was driven by only a smaller handful of collectors and, the moment they possibly obtained a desired title or dropped out of the market, top rated selling prices started to drop again into line. A lot more popular Nantucket titles and those in ruined affliction can bring considerably much less.

Gardiner’s Florida hand-painted photos are starting to be rising collectible to equally hand-painted images collectors as nicely as normal-line Florida collectors. Most of Gardiner’s Florida scenes are extra generic (palms, coastlines, hanging moss, streams, sand, and so forth.). Site-particular images will normally provide more powerful charges than will the a lot more generic Florida scenes and you can generally anticipate Gardiner’s Florida hand-colored pictures to bring in the $100-$250 assortment.

And his Bermuda scenes, whilst the the very least collectible of the a few major Gardiner types, are even now really prized by collectors. On the other hand, because we have noticed fewer “Bermuda” collectors than “Florida” or “Nantucket” collectors, rates for Bermuda scenes will typically run $75-$150 at our Auctions.

Gardiner’s postcards are also greatly gathered. In contrast to his hand-painted pictures which can command a quality selling price currently, his Nantucket postcards are considerably easier to locate and are significantly a lot more cost-effective. And if you like the images of H. Marshall Gardiner, you will be capable to discover noticeably a lot more views in postcards than in hand-colored images. Most of Gardiner’s postcards had been produced by the Detroit Publishing Organization utilizing their “Phostint” patented printing process. Even though some B&W postcards may well be uncovered, his most preferred and several postcards are shade. Normally H. Marshall Gardiner postcards will deliver $2.50-$10.00 each individual although particular ones may possibly carry fairly higher prices.

H. Marshall Gardiner died on December 4, 1942 and is buried on his beloved Nantucket

Recommended Examining: For even further information on H. Marshall Gardiner we would refer you to a book by his daughter, Geraldine Gardiner Salisbury titled H. Marshall Gardiner’s Nantucket Postcards: 1910-1940.