Vigorous for her Age

Our sitter in this 1860s ambrotype photo is Mrs. Jemima P. (Goodfellow) Brittain. When she died in 1905, at the age of 93, she was the oldest woman in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Miss Jemima Goodfellow married Alem Brittain, a Methodist Reverend, in 1834. She was the mother of eight children. Thanks to the detail oriented individual... Continue Reading →

It’s a Small World

I came across this tintype of a lovely young couple on etsy. I immediately recognized the name scrawled on the pale pink paper frame...Fayette Selleck. It took me a few minutes to realize why that name was familiar but I soon put it all together. Fayette was the husband of Sarah A. Thomas of Glens... Continue Reading →

Whiskey and Beer

These carte de visites of John Clement and Olivia (Brown) Clifford and their children were taken in June of 1864.  This seemingly happy little family didn't remain little for long.  And when it came to happy...I'll let you decide. Before we get into the Clifford's life story let's take a moment to appreciate this tattered... Continue Reading →

Just After We Were Married

Iva Mae Earley, 16, married Nathan Robert McDonald, a 22 year old farmer. They settled in Childress, Texas. In 1931 they welcomed a daughter, Maxine, who died of pneumonia at just 1 month old. Nathan gave up farming and went back to school, graduating from Shield of Faith Bible Institute in Fort Worth, Texas in... Continue Reading →

Sarah A. Thomas…Is it you?

Spoiler...I've since found proof that this is not Sarah (Thomas) Selleck but I'm leaving this post as it was originally written. Click here to see a photo of the true Sarah. This cased ambrotype was picked up by a fellow collector in Connecticut. I loved the subject's expression and pose and decided to add it... Continue Reading →

Murder, She Heard

Sallie (Burch) Baysore was widowed at the age of 43 when her husband, George, died in 1897. The couple lived in the village of Mason, Ohio which is near Cincinnati. Sallie and her late husband's friend, Albert Dill, continued a friendship after George's death. Albert even boarded with Sallie, although he made use of a... Continue Reading →

Everybody Blew Glass

I came for the embroidered cape, but stuck around for the genealogy. Seated in the middle of this handsome group is Louis Boudon. On the right are his maternal cousins Alfred and Marie Camus, with Alfred's wife Laura (Staes) on the left. The Boudon and Camus families immigrated to the United States from France. The... Continue Reading →

A Nice Set of Pipes

The couple featured in this vintage snapshot are identified on the reverse as "Neysa & Anthony Travis." They were married in 1948 in Los Angeles, California. Anthony died in 1980 and Neysa in 1984. They are buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park. Neysa Estelle was born Nesser Easter Hansett on June 4, 1904 in Mecklenburg... Continue Reading →

The Best of the Best

The young woman in this cabinet card photo, Miss Anna Price, wore a dress with tight sleeves and small pointed puffs at the shoulders. This helps to date her portrait from about 1889 to 1891 when she would have been 14-16 years old. Sarah Anna Price was born in 1875 in Tonica, Illinois. She married... Continue Reading →

1913 Selfie

I wonder if the man in the photo, Mr. Lee Large, thought he was going to look relaxed and natural when he posed for this self-taken photo in Saltville, Virginia in 1913. Instead he's got a stiff , mannequin-ish look going on. Hey, I bet many of us "selfie takers" can relate. "Hello son! How... Continue Reading →

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