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 →

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 →

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