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 →

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 →

Pearl Leora Waterson

These lovely portraits of Pearl Leora Waterson were found with family photos that once belonged to Pearl's sister, Fern (Waterson) Hardenburg.  The image above is my favorite.  I feel as if Pearl is looking right through me. Pearl was born in Olivet, Michigan on Feb. 7, 1889, and was the oldest of three children born... Continue Reading →

She Worked Hard for Her Money

It seems that Vera Norris and Bertha Whitney were no strangers to hard work.  As teenagers in the early 1900s, both girls worked as servants.  I suspect the person who wrote on the reverse of this RPPC (real photo postcard) would have positioned the names directly behind the sitter that each represented, which means Vera... Continue Reading →

It’s Awful But It’s True

I found this handmade postcard while in Wisconsin. The recipient, Miss Rose Blondin, was thirteen years old in 1909 when she received this creative letter from her cousin, Josephine Peck. "Jan. 26, '09. Dear Rose. We have another cat, the biggest I ever saw weighs about 20 lbs. is gray & white his name is... 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 →

Meet me at the Church

I wasn't sure what to make of this large, 10x12, Edwardian photo found at the Maumee Antique Mall in Ohio.  Was the man a pastor of this church?  Upon reading the writing on the reverse "Edward J. Stock, Defiance, Ohio, March 1st, 1907, Rev. B. H. Morse, Pastor," I suspected this was a memorial photo... Continue Reading →

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