A Garbage Can or a Museum

A dear friend gave me this identified photo.  It's on very thin paper and is fragile and torn.  It was meant to be affixed to a heavier cabinet photo board.  By the looks of the residue on the reverse it might have been at one time. The image is dated 1899 and the sitter's names... Continue Reading →

Looks Like a Funeral

At first glance you would think this was taken after a funeral, with the church-like building in the background and the baskets and urns full of flowers.  But written on the back is "Golden Wedding of Rev. & Mrs. Rahn Oct 17 - 1938." I cropped the photo and ran it through an image editing... Continue Reading →

Sweet Swedes

How I wish I knew the identities of the young women featured in this RPPC (real picture postcard.)  I love the half posed half candid nature of the photo.  According to a penciled notation on the back, this moment in time was captured on July 4 in Alzada. "Mona - 10 Here's the picture of... Continue Reading →

Lorrayne Goff

Lorrayne Goff (1922-2009) Look at those victory rolls! Lorrayne was the daughter of Granville and Nancy (Duncan) Goff. She was born and raised in Williamson, West Virginia.  Her father was in the department store business and her mother was a seamstress. Lorrayne married Salvatore Corea.  They had one son, Larry.  

And the Beet Goes On

  These are two more treasured photos I picked up from JakeRoebucks.  Be sure to visit often if you love old photos as they are always adding more.  They have mystery lots too, which are super fun! These two young women were Mollie and Martha Sitzman.  If it weren't for the house number being visible... Continue Reading →

The Kotecki Cliffhanger

These vintage snapshots were found together.  Winslow Deruke on the left and Stella and John Kotecki on the right. Without the last name given, it wasn't easy to identify our sitter.  But I found Leo Winslow Derucke in the 1915 Jersey City directory residing at 143 Hopkins Ave.  Winslow was 24 years old at 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 →

The Freibergers

Thomas Freiberger and Anna (nee Brockmann) on their wedding day, May 18, 1921, in Casco, Missouri.  Luckily, this was found among photos which provided a general location that the identifying writing did not. It appears Thomas has scarring on his face and hands which might have been the result of serious burns.  However, I wasn't... Continue Reading →

Play it by Ear

Our sitter looks to be in her early teens and based on the young woman's fashion I date this CDV (carte de visite) to the early 1870s.  The photographer, Luman F. Heath, operated studios in Lansing and North Lansing from 1865 to 1903. I believe the writing penned on the reverse reads "Clara Keith" although... Continue Reading →

Susie Who

Although I was unable to identify this carte de visite (CDV) I wanted to share it in case a relative might someday happen upon it.  Written on the reverse "Susie died July 6th 1867."  The photographer was Thompson Gallery in Albany, New York. Known as The Sun Picture Tax, the government placed a luxury tax on... Continue Reading →

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