Play it by Ear

Our sitter looks to be in her early teens and based on the young woman's fashion I date this CDV (carte de visite) to the early 1870s.  The photographer, Luman F. Heath, operated studios in Lansing and North Lansing from 1865 to 1903. I believe the writing penned on the reverse reads "Clara Keith" although... Continue Reading →

Tales of Terrible Cruelty

This is the third and final post based on a cabinet card identified as Inez Swartz "Adrian Home girl" which was a term used to reference residents living at the Adrian Industrial School for Girls. If you'd like to read my earlier posts, they are Adrian Home Girl and As If Their Little Hearts Would... Continue Reading →

As If Their Little Hearts Would Break

This is the second post based on a cabinet card I found in a shop in Allen, Michigan.  The photo was identified as Inez Swartz "Adrian Home girl," which was a term used for residents of the Adrian Industrial School for Girls. If you'd like to see the complete cabinet card image and read my... Continue Reading →

Adrian Home Girl

The young woman who sat for this photograph is identified on the reverse as Inez Swartz.  The photographers Genevieve Dey & Grace Hayden, worked together in Hillsdale, Michigan, from 1899 to no later than 1904, which helps to date this image. The words "Adrian Home girl" penned below the name was in reference to the... Continue Reading →

1937 L.D.S Nursing Graduates

Mary Thompson and Ione Rich graduated in 1937 from the L.D.S. (Latter-day Saints) Hospital Nursing School in Salt Lake City, Utah along with 30 classmates. It's through Mary that I came to own a soft leather-bound book containing portraits of these graduates.  Side note: Is it just me or does Mary look a lot like... Continue Reading →

Seize the Viand Dear to Your Heart

Agnes Murdoch Scott was born in 1894 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland to James and Mary (Norris) Scott. The real photo postcards (RPPC) shared in this post were found with family photos that belonged to Fern (Waterson) Hardenburg.  Agnes and Fern are connected by the marriage of their children, Martha Dale to Walter Hardenburg. Agnes and... Continue Reading →

Pearl Leora Waterson

These lovely portraits of Pearl Leora Waterson were found with family photos that once belonged to Pearl's sister, Fern (Waterson) Hardenburg.  The image above is my favorite.  I feel as if Pearl is looking right through me. Pearl was born in Olivet, Michigan on Feb. 7, 1889, and was the oldest of three children born... Continue Reading →

Many-Faced Portrait

How many faces do you see in this moody 1870s Victorian portrait?  I'll provide my answer at the end of the post.  This antique cabinet photo features the Sturges siblings; Wallace, Eva, and Clara, as well as Eva's husband Frank Watson.  According to writing on the reverse Frank and Clara are standing. Click Image to... Continue Reading →

Fatally Hurt

This photobooth image and the newspaper clipping below were found together on eBay.  According to the unsourced article, "Albert Meadows, 28, of 78 Lagrave-av., S.E., was fatally injured near Mancelona when the car on whose bumper he was standing was struck by another automobile.  Meadows died in Petoskey hospital." Albert Dean Meadows was born November... Continue Reading →

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