I'm trying to identify the photographer that took this picture around March 1891 in Blue Springs, Jackson, Missouri, from the faint imprint on the back of the photo cardboard holder.Back of photo

I can make out the initials J. H. before the last name and a studio name appears to be Blue Car____.

Here is the front:enter image description here

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Here's the only photographer I found with initials J. H.

Name: James H Schwartz

Residence Year: 1887

Street address: ws Broad

Residence Place: Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA

Occupation: Photographer

Publication Title: Kansas City, Missouri, City Directory, 1887


I have tried to remove as much of the paper color as possible, as a means of highlighting what was written:

My best interpretation is "J. H. Gold":

J H Gold, maybe?

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    Another thing to consider is the alignment. Assuming "Photographer" and "Blue Car" are center-aligned, it would make sense that the photographer's name would be, too. In that case the last name might be "Goldman" or some variant. (Of course, it's a speculative statement given that the text is illegible on the right.)
    – fbrereto
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 17:13
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    "Goodman" is also a candidate.
    – fbrereto
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 17:18

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