The Compositor

Jennie Murray was born about 1859 in Brooklyn, New York.  She came with her parents, John and Jermana (nee Griffith) Murray, to Milwaukee sometime before the 1870 census records were collected.  Her father was an immigrant from Scotland who worked as a sailor and a watchman. At the age of 22, Jennie married William Hawkins... Continue Reading →

Fountain of Youth

Ann and Margaret Philpot, sisters born in 1857 and 1859 respectively, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On the 1860 census, Ann was two years of age and Margaret was 10 months old.  Their parents George and Anna (nee Nuzum) were immigrants from Ireland.  The girls had two older siblings, Thomas and Sarah. Ann and Margaret,... Continue Reading →

The Inn Keeper

This carte de visite (cdv) is the fourth photo I researched out of what I call the Waukesha album because of where I found it, Waukesha, Wisconsin.  The few photos with names written on them are children that appear to have been born about the same time period, the late 1850s to early 1860s.  If... Continue Reading →

The Pottery Maker

The Bauer sisters, Barbara, Lucinda, and Hanna, sat for this photograph at the Gustave Kundler photography studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I believe the image was captured about 1875.  The girls would have been 11, 10, and two years old, respectively. I've come to surmise that the photos of the identified children found in this album... Continue Reading →

The Baker

Hattie was born Hedwig Reuter on June 24, 1864, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The boy in the photo was her brother, Robert.  They were the oldest children of Jacob and Ida (nee Geier) Reuter, immigrants from Germany.  Look at their matching shoes! This carte de visite (cdv) is the second photo I researched out of what... Continue Reading →

The Butcher

This carte de visite (cdv) is out of what I've dubbed the Waukesha album because of where I found it, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  The few photos with names written on them are children that appear to have been born about the same time as this sitter, who I've identified as Louise Ernst.  Is it just... Continue Reading →

Teenage Angst

These carte de visites,  of a girl and her stepmother, are in rough condition which makes me wonder where they've been and whose hands they've gone through over the last one hundred and fifty years. The girl, Mary E. Hurd, was born July 1, 1848, and grew up in Yates County, New York where her father,... Continue Reading →

The Glass of Fashion and the Mould of Form

  I couldn't resist purchasing this carte de visite.  After all, Charles and Eliza Netsel were from my hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  They are buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, also the resting place of my Great Grandparents, Chester and Grace Shenfeld. The cdv photographer, Norval Busey, opened his Baltimore, Maryland studio on Charles Street, in 1870,... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Friend

This carte de visite was a gift from a fellow collector.  I love the simplistic style.  On the back is written "Jennie Paul friend of Grandma Armstrong's."  Jennie had her image captured at the photography studio of Alexander & Stevens in Morristown, New Jersey. Jane Amanda "Jennie" Paul was 9 years old when her mother,... Continue Reading →

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