R.A. Lord, Photographer

Unfortunately this carte de visite has no identifying writing. I often buy unidentified photos in the hopes of being able to date them. Since this cdv has no lines along the border of the photo I suspected it was one of the earliest versions from 1858-1862. The fashion fit my dating hypothesis, as well as... Continue Reading →

Iva Goodwin

I wouldn't have guessed this fresh-faced sitter was much older than sixteen. But according to writing on the reverse of this cabinet photo, Miss Iva Goodwin was 21 years old when she sat for her portrait on September 3, 1908 in Reading, Michigan. Iva grew up nine miles west of Reading in the tiny township... Continue Reading →

Lottie and Daisy

Lottie and Daisy Dale of Butler, Pennsylvania were sisters.  They graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio in 1890 and 1891 respectively.  The word "Athenaeum" is written on the reverse of the cabinet card photos and references a literary society at the university. The girls' father, David, was an oil producer.  About 1907 the... Continue Reading →

Not a Couple

You might think you're looking at a young married couple but these sitters were siblings. A clue to this fact is the length of the young woman's dress which would have been floor length if she were considered an adult. Adam and Emma Fisher were the youngest of eight children born to John and Mary... Continue Reading →

Maxine and Sanford

Click photo to enlarge "Maxine DeLong & Sanford Eldridge married May 6, 1950" Maxine and Sanford tied the knot in Los Angeles, California. They settled in Minnesota and had seven children; Don, Mike, Steve, Gwenn, Pat, Theresa, and Barbara. Maxine died in 1995 and according to her obituary the couple were divorced but still friends.... Continue Reading →

Ma’s Picture

Click photo to enlargeStanding L-R ~ Alma, Kate, Jennie, and IdaSeated ~ Irving and William Austin Alma (Austin) CookKate (Austin) BartlettJennie (Austin) WarnerIda AustinIrving AustinWilliam AustinSarah Emeline (Fosdick) "Mabton, Wash.Dec. 20, 1909Dear Cousins & Aunt:-It has been a long time since I rec'd your letter but will answer after the holidays. We have had lots... Continue Reading →

Myra and Jerry Barlow

Although the posing seems odd for a wedding photo, with the young woman literally turning her back on her beau, the fashion dates this image to the early 1890s and that's when our sitters tied the knot. Miss Myra Drake and Jerry Barlow said their vows in December 1892 in Flint, Michigan. Myra was a... Continue Reading →

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 →

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