Webster Sisters

Click on image to enlarge"Ammie & Margie Webster, Paris Texas, Sept 17th 1901" The Webster sisters grew up in Paris, Texas. Ammie was the eldest, born in January 1878. Margie came along in November 1881. Based on how the inscription is written on the reverse I assume Ammie is on the left, although I feel... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Hard-Boiled Hearse

The Spanish Flu swept across the globe from 1918 through 1920. It claimed the lives of at least 675,000 Americans and 50 million worldwide. The smiling boy in this photograph, posed among the backyard shrubbery in Washington, Missouri, was one of it's victims. Emil John Brockmann, the only child of John and Lena (Meyer), died... 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 →

The Kids are Alright

This 1914 real photo postcard (RPPC) features the children of Charlie and Jennie (Hurlbut) Sweeney of Georgia Shores, Vermont.  L to R ~ Lucille Elizabeth, Reginald Wightman, Donald Charles, and Gerald Hurlbut.

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 →

Little Nieces

The children featured in this sweet RPPC (real photo postcard) were easy to identify once I located the recipients of the letter, Orland H. Blake and his wife, Gertrude, of Yarmouth, Maine. The sender was Orland's sister Mrs. Grace Allen.  The little nieces were Emily Louise, Clara Mildred, Ruth, Isabelle, and baby Ernestine.  Sadly, Ernestine... 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 →

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