Dear Ms. Ruch,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you contact the Lansdale Historical Society to inquire about any documented lists or files they may have from the John C. Bartholomew photography studio. As far as the subject matter of his photographs, they may have been taken for business and/or personal reasons.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you, Cara.
I did get a response from the Lansdale Historical Society. I was informed that Mr. Bartholomew's collection was broken up when he died during World War II. His son was expecting to get it intact when he came home from the war but that never happened.
In addition, early in Mr. Bartholomew's career, he worked as a traveling photographer who would go from town to town for a night or two, stay in a hotel, set up a temporary studio and take portraits of local folks. He shot virtually everything from standups to local scenes.
Thank you - Jill