Meet me in the Graveyard

This image was found in a basket of photos in a shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I have quite a few photos of myself, as a child, visiting my mother's grave, which is why I'm drawn to photographs of others partaking in the same ritual. The visitors of Henry A. Seitz's resting place, at Lindenwood... Continue Reading →

Alive and Well

Most of the time, when someone is selling or sharing photos of an antique photo brooch, it's described as mourning jewelry.  This find is proof that not all of these pieces were mourning objects.  The sitter for the photograph encased in this Victorian pin was Lora (nee Peirce) Cooper.  Writing on the inside of the... Continue Reading →

Love and Sympathy

Throughout history, flowers have been used at funerals and memorial services as visual expressions of love, sympathy, and respect.  This cabinet card is so beautiful that the lack of identifying writing didn't stop me from adding it to my collection.  I also didn't let it stop me from attempting to figure out who these flowers... Continue Reading →

In Mourning

This is a carte de visite, also known as a CDV, of a woman in mourning.  During the Victorian era, mourning clothes were a display of one's sorrow.  Note the black veil she is wearing. On the back of the CDV is the photographer’s information which reveals that the photo was taken by Baird on... Continue Reading →

The Visitor

I have a fondness for photographs of graveside visitors.  Why?  My mother died in an auto accident when I was seven months old and I was raised by my maternal grandmother.  Cemetery visits were a regular event during my childhood, and I sat for many graveside photographs, such as this one.   This particular photograph,... Continue Reading →

She Wore Black

Jemima was born June 17, 1856 in Clear Creek, Fairfield county, Ohio.  She was one of twelve children born to Joseph Henry and Hannah (nee Steward) Christy.  Looking at this photo, a carte de visite, I noted the sitter’s black dress, black ribbon at her neck and two large, black bracelets.  These things suggested to... Continue Reading →

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