~ Mini Monday ~ Disembodied Hand

I picked up this identified CDV from Heather on Instagram.  If you love old photos you should visit her account _wherethewillowsgrow_ .  Writing on the reverse reads "Mrs. Carolyn Bradley." Click on the above image to view full size Based on the scratches (or what are often referred to as wipes) in the portrait I... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ Deserted

This young man is identified as Ed Davison.  The photographer, Henry James Stevenson, opened his first photo gallery about 1895 in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory.  If you'd like to learn more about Oklahoma before it became a state, check out what the Oklahoma Historical Society has to say. Disappointingly, I didn't find any records or... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ J.H. Staton

"J.H. Staton Alices Gorman Staton baby born Jan 18-1907 - 66 yrs old now His mother is back of chair holding him" I was saddened to learn that Alice didn't get to raise her son, James Harvey.  Alice died of a pelvic abscess soon after this photo was taken.  James was raised by his paternal... Continue Reading →

Lucretia A. Richmond

If you're confused about why you're looking at a photo of a young man when the title of this post is Lucretia A. Richmond, let me explain. Upon purchasing this tintype I found a piece of paper affixed to the reverse.  It reads "L.A. Richmond Belleville Kansas."  Also written in the upper corner is 165... Continue Reading →

~Mini Monday~ Alma Sargent

Wordless Wednesday just wasn't for me, so welcome to the first short and sweet Mini Monday post. Without a location, it was impossible to identify the sitter in this tintype, who according to the writing above her head was Alma Sargent.  Based on her tight-fitting bodice lined with buttons, Alma sat for this portrait in... Continue Reading →

A Flair for the Dramatic

Many of my posts deal with lives cut short or other tragic circumstances so I'd like to begin by saying that these two young women lived long full lives.  Louise "Lou" Harris lived to be 91 and Mildred "Millie" Rahm made it to 92 years old! I picked up these images in an auction lot. ... Continue Reading →

A Simple Act of Common Humanity

I was brimming with excitement when I picked up this early portrait of Emily Theresa Boone of Bryantown, Maryland at a local antique mall.  I believe it's considered a chalk or pastel piece.  The artist likely completed it based on an earlier daguerreotype or ambrotype photograph.  Emily appears to be around thirteen years old which... Continue Reading →

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