Working in the Coal Mines

The Ball children pictured in this school photo grew up near Athens, Ohio where their father, George, supported his family as a coal miner. Ethel Ball was the oldest sibling and worked as a schoolteacher.  Based on Ethel's outfit matching the woman behind her I suspect she was teaching when this photo was taken. I... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Hugh Chalker was born and lived his entire life in Ferry Township, Michigan which is about 20 miles inland from the Lake Michigan shoreline. He was one of six children born to Fred and Sylvia (Bearss) Chalker. The original small cabinet photo was in quite poor condition when I picked it up in an antique... Continue Reading →

The Photographer’s Family

I purchased this carte de visite on etsy and as soon as it arrived I was flooded with emotions.  I can't quite explain the feelings I experienced but they led me to contact the seller and ask if they might have acquired any photos along with this one.  The answer was yes and I bought... Continue Reading →

Measles

I can't be sure if the small image on this postcard is of the sender, Jane "Jennie" Belle Johnston, or if it's a stock photo.  I bought it because of the humorous message Jennie wrote to her Grandmother, Mary A. Clapper.  Of course, the little note is funny now but I'm sure nobody was laughing... Continue Reading →

In Living Color

If you've been following my blog you may recognize these children from an earlier post, Children of Corry, especially grumpy little Vernie and her doll.  I adored this cabinet card so much that I purchased an entire photo album to get it.  You can imagine how thrilled I was when Val of Colouring the Past selected this... Continue Reading →

Children of Corry

I suspect that the dolls in this photo were the photographer's props.  If so, I pity the person who had to pry that doll out of the hands of what appears to be an already very grumpy little girl. Featured in this cabinet card image are the children of Benjamin and Eliza (nee Porter) Dunn. ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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