It’s a Small World

I came across this tintype of a lovely young couple on etsy. I immediately recognized the name scrawled on the pale pink paper frame...Fayette Selleck. It took me a few minutes to realize why that name was familiar but I soon put it all together. Fayette was the husband of Sarah A. Thomas of Glens... Continue Reading →

Everybody Blew Glass

I came for the embroidered cape, but stuck around for the genealogy. Seated in the middle of this handsome group is Louis Boudon. On the right are his maternal cousins Alfred and Marie Camus, with Alfred's wife Laura (Staes) on the left. The Boudon and Camus families immigrated to the United States from France. The... Continue Reading →

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 →

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