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 →

Time Can Never Fade Thy Image

Miss Berenice Wheeler was an actress in the 1890s.  It was her lovely, whimsical outfit that first caught my eye.  This style of exaggerated sleeve was referred to as leg-o-mutton, or gigot in France, and it was all the rage at the time.   However, Berenice's dress brought a much earlier fashion to mind.  As you... Continue Reading →

Webster Sisters

Click on image to enlarge"Ammie & Margie Webster, Paris Texas, Sept 17th 1901" The Webster sisters grew up in Paris, Texas. Ammie was the eldest, born in January 1878. Margie came along in November 1881. Based on how the inscription is written on the reverse I assume Ammie is on the left, although I feel... Continue Reading →

R.A. Lord, Photographer

Unfortunately this carte de visite has no identifying writing. I often buy unidentified photos in the hopes of being able to date them. Since this cdv has no lines along the border of the photo I suspected it was one of the earliest versions from 1858-1862. The fashion fit my dating hypothesis, as well as... Continue Reading →

Iva Goodwin

I wouldn't have guessed this fresh-faced sitter was much older than sixteen. But according to writing on the reverse of this cabinet photo, Miss Iva Goodwin was 21 years old when she sat for her portrait on September 3, 1908 in Reading, Michigan. Iva grew up nine miles west of Reading in the tiny township... Continue Reading →

Lottie and Daisy

Lottie and Daisy Dale of Butler, Pennsylvania were sisters.  They graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio in 1890 and 1891 respectively.  The word "Athenaeum" is written on the reverse of the cabinet card photos and references a literary society at the university. The girls' father, David, was an oil producer.  About 1907 the... Continue Reading →

Not a Couple

You might think you're looking at a young married couple but these sitters were siblings. A clue to this fact is the length of the young woman's dress which would have been floor length if she were considered an adult. Adam and Emma Fisher were the youngest of eight children born to John and Mary... Continue Reading →

Maxine and Sanford

"Maxine DeLong & Sanford Eldridge married May 6, 1950" Maxine and Sanford tied the knot in Los Angeles, California. They settled in Minnesota and had seven children; Don, Mike, Steve, Gwenn, Pat, Theresa, and Barbara. Maxine died in 1995 and according to her obituary the couple were divorced but still friends. Sanford passed recently, in... Continue Reading →

Ma’s Picture

Click photo to enlargeStanding L-R ~ Alma, Kate, Jennie, and IdaSeated ~ Irving and William Austin Alma (Austin) CookKate (Austin) BartlettJennie (Austin) WarnerIda AustinIrving AustinWilliam AustinSarah Emeline (Fosdick) "Mabton, Wash.Dec. 20, 1909Dear Cousins & Aunt:-It has been a long time since I rec'd your letter but will answer after the holidays. We have had lots... Continue Reading →

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