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 →

Secret Agent Man

Fay Savage's photo was found in a shop in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Based on the photo mounting (shown below) I date the photo to the late 1890s or early 1900s. Twenty-one-year-old Fay Charles Savage was living in Endicott, Nebraska in 1900.  Endicott is about 60 miles east of Nelson, where Fay sat for his photo in... 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 →

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 →

Let the Good Times Roll

Pete and John McCarthy (left and center respectively) were brothers, two of nine known children born to Peter and Ellen Donahoue McCarthy.  The family lived in Frampton, Quebec, Canada.  As far as Jim Fitzmaurice or Fitzmorrise, although this surname may sound unusual to some, it definitely is not.  I found too many men with this name... Continue Reading →

The Lodger

In 1901, George Wenham was a boarder in the home of William Juby in Picton, Ontario, Canada, and based on the photo's mounting style, as well as the girl's dress, it was about that time that he sat for this photo. The photographer was W.F. Johnson of Picton. The writing on the reverse reads "Uncle... Continue Reading →

The Butcher’s Daughter

Anna Eliza Cady and I have something in common.  Our fathers were butchers.  My father worked in a grocery store meat department.  I like to imagine Anna's father, John Cady, dressed in a long, white apron, working behind the counter in a small meat market.  However, it's more likely he worked alongside many other butchers,... Continue Reading →

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