Elysium of Bliss

I found this cabinet card in an antique shop in Blissfield, Michigan.  I was so attracted to the image of this bewitching couple that the name Rutherford B. Hayes did not register until I was home and began my research. There are plenty of biographies about the accomplishments of the 19th United States President and... Continue Reading →

Greetings from Alaska

I found this old photo in an antique mall in Auburn, Indiana.  My Grandmother was a Mary Louise so this had to come home with me.  I suspected it was a vacation photo and didn't have high hopes of identifying the sitter. Fortunately, I was wrong.  The first Mary Louise Heller I located on ancestry... Continue Reading →

She Bore The Burdens

I purchased this tintype on eBay.  The label on the reverse names the young women (counterclockwise) as "Sadie Sildrael, Julie Catlin, and Mattie Catlin," and it notes that Mattie had a "crippled hand."  The names are also written directly on the tintype but that writing was impossible to capture in photos and scans.  In this... Continue Reading →

Not Changed, But Glorified

I purchased a mystery lot of photos from The Frozen Picture Show on Etsy.  It's a great shop that specializes in vernacular photos and antique ephemera.  If that's your kind of thing, you should definitely check them out. Written on the reverse of this image is "Winthrop Anderson in Hawley, Pauline Simpson Anderson, Hattie Simpson... Continue Reading →

Palace of Flying Animals

I picked up this cabinet card photograph on Etsy.  The fashion and composition drew me in and the identification on the reverse sealed the deal.  It reads "Grace Pearce, Grace Darling Pearce, Huntingdon, Huntingdon Co, Pennsa."  And yes, she's sporting a spider brooch! Grace, born in 1869 in Pennsylvania, was the youngest of six children. ... Continue Reading →

Teenage Angst

These carte de visites,  of a girl and her stepmother, are in rough condition which makes me wonder where they've been and whose hands they've gone through over the last one hundred and fifty years. The girl, Mary E. Hurd, was born July 1, 1848, and grew up in Yates County, New York where her father,... Continue Reading →

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

I originally bought this tintype because I'm a knitter and was immediately attracted to the knit and crochet items the girls were wearing.  However, I couldn't stop thinking about the other tintypes in the shop, all featuring the girl on the left, and how I hated for them to be separated.  Needless to say, I went back... Continue Reading →

Don’t Toot Your Own Horn

Frank Horn worked for over twenty years at the Conn Company, a musical instrument manufacturer in Elkhart, Indiana.  I imagine he was the subject of many horn jokes in his day.  Frank was a stationary fireman, which meant he operated high-pressure steam boilers in the factory. Frank, his wife Ell (nee Seabourn), and their children... Continue Reading →

At Old Orchard

What a wonderful outdoor setting for a photograph.  But, does anything seem odd to you? Look at the way the family members are spread out.  I think the most glaring is the empty space next to the father.  Why didn't his son, or his wife for that matter, sit beside him?  Is this how the... Continue Reading →

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