The Glass of Fashion and the Mould of Form

  I couldn't resist purchasing this carte de visite.  After all, Charles and Eliza Netsel were from my hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  They are buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, also the resting place of my Great Grandparents, Chester and Grace Shenfeld. The cdv photographer, Norval Busey, opened his Baltimore, Maryland studio on Charles Street, in 1870,... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Friend

This carte de visite was a gift from a fellow collector.  I love the simplistic style.  On the back is written "Jennie Paul friend of Grandma Armstrong's."  Jennie had her image captured at the photography studio of Alexander & Stevens in Morristown, New Jersey. Jane Amanda "Jennie" Paul was 9 years old when her mother,... Continue Reading →

Phil Clark’s Snapshot

Philip J. Clark was a 23 year old bachelor, in August, 1872, when he sat for photographer, Samuel Montague Fassett, at 501 Wabash Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. His birthday was in August, and I wonder if this photo was taken to mark the occasion.  Seven years later, Philip wed Miss Sarah E. Fletcher, and the... Continue Reading →

Students of Union School

Click on the image to view larger I love a group photo, and my favorite antique photo format is the carte de visite, also known as the cdv.  I picked this one up in the VictorianPhoto etsy shop.  I enjoy studying the sitters' faces, and body language, some seem so relaxed in front of the... Continue Reading →

With Compliments

This carte de visite was languishing in a shop in Lansing, Michigan for at least two years.  On my latest visit, I could no longer resist the urge to rescue it.  The sitter looks to be about 20 years old, and based on his fashion, I suspect the photo was taken in the late 1870s. ... Continue Reading →

Don’t call me Mozart

Harald Fredericksen, and his son, Harold Victor Byron Mozart, posed for this photo, in Chicago, Illinois. Harald immigrated to the United States, from Denmark, in 1869, and settled in Chicago, Illinois.  He married Hermina Stocker, an immigrant from Norway.  Harald worked as a clerk and bookkeeper.  The couple had three daughters, Ella, Olga, and Dagmar.  Mozart... Continue Reading →

Secret Lovers

Sarah Jane "Jennie" Gregory first said  "I do" when she was 64 years old.  She wed Theodore A. Collier, 62, in Pontiac, Michigan, on February 27, 1912.  It was his first trip to the altar, as well.  As strange as this late-in-life marriage may seem, what makes it all the more interesting is that the... Continue Reading →

R.J. Terry’s Snap Shot

Born in 1860, in Alabama, Reavis Johnston "R.J." Terry was named after his father's mentors.  As a young teen, R.J.'s father, John Taliaferro Terry, lost his father and was taken in by his sister's husband, Colonel Robert Johnston.  John became a lawyer, like Johnston, and went into a law partnership with the Honorable Turner Reavis.... Continue Reading →

Killed by the Cars

On January 27, 1890, Emma (nee Berger) Toomey, aged 26, died after being run over by a train. Almost two years later, on December 23, 1891, her husband, Michael Toomey, was also "killed by the cars."  It’s believed they were struck because they couldn’t hear the train coming, as both  Emma and Michael lost their... Continue Reading →

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