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Tickner Funeral Home photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0140


This collection contains photographs of William J. Tickner and Sons funeral home at various points in its existence, including activities, personnel, interior and exterior views, and the coffin showroom.


  • 1880-1942

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The William J. Tickner and Sons funeral home began operation in 1878, founded by William J. Tickner (1839-1928). The establishment was located variously on South Eutaw and North Gilmor Streets, later moving to North and Pennsylvania Avenues. William E. Tickner (1866-1952), son of William J. and Margaret Cooper Tickner, joined his father's business in 1886 and later succeeded him as director. William E. Tickner married Charlotte Bewley in 1888. At one point, he served as president of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 full Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Estate of Al Blank, 1989.

Related Materials

MS 2702, William J. Tickner and Sons funeral home records, 1878-1956

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 49 folders containing 49 photoprints made in ca. 1880-1942. All depict the William J. Tickner and Sons funeral home at various points in its existence. Included are views of activities, personnel, interior and exterior views of the establishment. These show stylish furnishings, hearses, a garage with hacks for hire, and a coffin showroom.

The collection also contains two folders of printed ephemera, containing several sheets of printers’ proofs for advertising.

Guide to the Tickner Funeral Home photograph collection
Under Revision
Katherine Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • 02-03-2020: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States