Mother said Pointing was Rude

I picked up this 1860s tintype on eBay.  I'm always a sucker for a great group photo and love the interesting angle this was shot at.  Where on earth was the photographer set up in order to capture it?  Was it taken from an upper story of a neighboring building? Three people were pointing at... Continue Reading →

Tuscarora City

Miss Sadie Deck was born in 1856 and grew up a farmer's daughter near Martinsburg, West Virginia.   Unlike her brother and five sisters who lived long lives, Sadie's days on this earth were short. I struggled with this identification because I could not find Tuscarora City, Virginia.  It wasn't until I took my search to... Continue Reading →

Lucretia A. Richmond

If you're confused about why you're looking at a photo of a young man when the title of this post is Lucretia A. Richmond, let me explain. Upon purchasing this tintype I found a piece of paper affixed to the reverse.  It reads "L.A. Richmond Belleville Kansas."  Also written in the upper corner is 165... Continue Reading →

Alma Sargent

Without a location, it was impossible to identify the sitter in this tintype, who according to the writing above her head was Alma Sargent.  Based on her tight-fitting bodice lined with buttons, Alma sat for this portrait in the mid to late 1880s. Sources: 19th Century Card Photos Kwik Guide by Gary W. Clark

A Flair for the Dramatic

Many of my posts deal with lives cut short or other tragic circumstances so I'd like to begin by saying that these two young women lived long full lives.  Louise "Lou" Harris lived to be 91 and Mildred "Millie" Rahm made it to 92 years old! I picked up these images in an auction lot. ... Continue Reading →

So Far Lost in Manhood

I found this tintype in Coldwater, Michigan and although it's in rough condition (I digitally removed a lot of scratches from the men's faces) I couldn't pass it up.  Written on a piece of tape on the back is "J.D. Anglin and Frank McCuen - Willards Grandfather McCuen."  There was no photographer or location noted... Continue Reading →

Dead Tired Dad

The man who sat for this portrait at Leaman & Lee's Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery in Reading, Pennsylvania is identified on the reverse as George Steinmatz (sic). The image was captured in the 1870s when he was about 40 years old.  The photographer tried to liven up George's wearied look by giving his cheeks a rosy... Continue Reading →

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