The Witching Hour

Happy Halloween!  This cabinet card, along with two others decorated in the same manner, was found at Freckle Farm Antiques in La Porte, Indiana.  The young woman is identified on the reverse as 'Berta Kurtz' (sic).  I have to wonder what Bertha would think about someone adding a witch hat to her image.  I can... Continue Reading →

Many-Faced Portrait

How many faces do you see in this moody 1870s Victorian portrait?  I'll provide my answer at the end of the post.  This antique cabinet photo features the Sturges siblings; Wallace, Eva, and Clara, as well as Eva's husband Frank Watson.  According to writing on the reverse Frank and Clara are standing. Click Image to... Continue Reading →

In Living Color

If you've been following my blog you may recognize these children from an earlier post, Children of Corry, especially grumpy little Vernie and her doll.  I adored this cabinet card so much that I purchased an entire photo album to get it.  You can imagine how thrilled I was when Val of Colouring the Past selected this... Continue Reading →

Allie’s Snapshot

The reverse of this cabinet card photo reads "Allie Weimer, Careysville, Ohio."  Careysville was located in Champaign County, Ohio in the late 1880s which is when I believe this image was captured.  I was not able to locate an Allie Weimer in Careysville, but I do believe I've found our sitter. Miss Allie Revenaugh was... Continue Reading →

Hell in the Headlights

I found another example of what is often referred to as a memorial cabinet card and I am confident that this one was not created as a mourning photo or funeral handout.  The sitter, Franklin Arthur Lee, was about twenty-four years old when he stood for this portrait.  I suspect he chose this scroll frame... Continue Reading →

Old Maid Hanging on the Wheel

I found this photo in an antique shop and although the sticker with the sitter's name covers the information at the bottom of this cabinet card, I could see enough to recognize that the photographer was Lacey of Angola, Indiana. I gleaned from newspaper snippets that Callie Brandeberry's life was full of friends, travel, and... Continue Reading →

The Higher the Hair

I love the soutache braid design on this sitter's bodice and the large brooch which appears to be made of carved shell. Although, to me, the best part and the reason I bought this photo is the identification written on the reverse! Alice was the daughter of Thomas and Selina (nee King) Hepperly.  The family... Continue Reading →

Perished at Galveston

Leverett Lewis, the sitter featured in this cabinet card photograph, was born 136 years ago on this day, February 6.  I think that makes this the perfect day to honor his life. On June 9, 1900, Leverett was living with his parents in Genoa, Ohio when he traveled fifteen miles to Toledo and enlisted in... Continue Reading →

Crafting in Action

As a knitter, I quickly snatched up this cabinet photo for my collection.  You can see the sitter was holding a knitting project.  I believe she was making a sock or a sleeve based on the fact that she was using a set of double pointed knitting needles that allowed her to knit in the... Continue Reading →

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