Oh, Deer!

I looked at this vintage photograph and my eye was immediately drawn to Mollie's expression and then to Johnnie's pipe.  My husband picked it up and said "an albino deer."  I hadn't noticed the deer. haha! Mollie Butz and Johnnie Hornby Jr. were married on Christmas Eve in 1922 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  John was a... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ Helen Carr

This photo was a sweet gift from Heather of _wherethewillowsgrow_ .  It appears to be a photo that would have been mounted on a sturdy cabinet photo board. The youngest child of Abia and Curlila (Bowers) Carr, Helen was born in Ohio in 1901 and lost her father when she was only five years old. ... Continue Reading →

Ladies’ Auxiliary

    I love a group photo, so when I found this in an antique shop I knew it had to come home with me. I located Mrs. Mary L. (Kohr) Walters who, according to the address label affixed to the bottom, lived at 2327 Fox Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Mary's mother, Derinda Kohr,... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ Fannie Champlin

The polka dot dress!  The swiss waist belt!  I swooned when I saw this lovely CDV photograph.  Written at the bottom is "Yours Truly Fannie I. Champlin." Frances "Fannie" was born in Montville, Connecticut in 1850.  She was the daughter of Frances Elizabeth (Smith) and Captain Frederick W. Champlin, a seaman.  By the time this... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ Disembodied Hand

I picked up this identified CDV from Heather on Instagram.  If you love old photos you should visit her account _wherethewillowsgrow_ .  Writing on the reverse reads "Mrs. Carolyn Bradley." Click on the above image to view full size Based on the scratches (or what are often referred to as wipes) in the portrait I... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ J.H. Staton

"J.H. Staton Alices Gorman Staton baby born Jan 18-1907 - 66 yrs old now His mother is back of chair holding him" I was saddened to learn that Alice didn't get to raise her son, James Harvey.  Alice died of a pelvic abscess soon after this photo was taken.  James was raised by his paternal... 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 →

~Mini Monday~ Alma Sargent

Wordless Wednesday just wasn't for me, so welcome to the first short and sweet Mini Monday post. 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... Continue Reading →

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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