Hattie’s Hats

Harriet Bowden, or Hattie Bowden, as she was identified on the back of this cabinet card, was born in 1869 in New York.  Sometime after 1873 her parents, William and Louisa, relocated to Ohio.  In her early twenties, when this photo was taken, Hattie worked for the Western Suspender Company and as a Milliner in... Continue Reading →

A Hell for the Sick

Jessie Calhoun's cabinet card photo was found in an album that belonged to Jessie Sylvester.  I believe the girls were cousins, as there are shared surnames in their respective family trees.  However, I was unable to find a direct link. Born in 1867, in Ashtabula county, Ohio, Jessie's father, Porter Calhoun, was a farmer, and... Continue Reading →

From the Grave

Pat Cook's family portrait wound up in a sale basket in Archbold, Ohio. While the cabinet card shows a lot of wear, and the mother and daughter on the left appear ghostly pale, the overall depth and detail of the sitter's images held up well.  The balloon-like sleeves of the daughter on the right helped... Continue Reading →

Sophia’s Snap Shot

Not every photo find yields a fascinating, or even a slightly interesting, story.  This isn't to say that the sitters led uneventful lives.  It just means that I've not had the pleasure of discovering their full history.  This is the first in my Snap Shot series, which will showcase those photos from my collection. Look... Continue Reading →

Wedding Bells

What better time than Valentine's Day to feature photos of couples from my collection. These first two cabinet photos were found at an antique mall in Auburn, Indiana.  The previous owner removed them from an album and noted on the back what was written on the discarded album pages. The photos, individually, are not identifiable,... 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 →

Criminal Cowardice

This cabinet card was found in an antique mall in Maumee, Ohio.  Judging by the woman’s hairstyle and fashion, I date it to be from the mid to late 1880s.  On the back is written Mrs. Sarah Oberdorff, and in pencil above someone added Sarah Ecrement.  A quick search and I located the sitter and... Continue Reading →

Sultana Disaster Survivor

I donated this tintype to the Bedford Ohio Historical Society, so that it could be united with the book, Loss of the Sultana and Reminiscences of Survivors by Rev. Chester D. Berry, published in 1892, which belonged to Orlo and was in their collection. This tintype features the Mathews' brothers: Alden H. is standing, Orlo... Continue Reading →

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