The Compositor

Jennie Murray was born about 1859 in Brooklyn, New York.  She came with her parents, John and Jermana (nee Griffith) Murray, to Milwaukee sometime before the 1870 census records were collected.  Her father was an immigrant from Scotland who worked as a sailor and a watchman. At the age of 22, Jennie married William Hawkins... Continue Reading →

He Imbibed Freely

I purchased this daguerreotype from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Glassing.  If you love old photos and want great deals, you should definitely check out Cathy's shop! The daguerreotype is the earliest commercial photography format, invented by Louis Daguerre in the 1830s.  A daguerreotype is an image on a polished silver or silver-covered copper... Continue Reading →

Fountain of Youth

Ann and Margaret Philpot, sisters born in 1857 and 1859 respectively, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On the 1860 census, Ann was two years of age and Margaret was 10 months old.  Their parents George and Anna (nee Nuzum) were immigrants from Ireland.  The girls had two older siblings, Thomas and Sarah. Ann and Margaret,... Continue Reading →

The Inn Keeper

This carte de visite (cdv) is the fourth photo I researched out of what I call the Waukesha album because of where I found it, Waukesha, Wisconsin.  The few photos with names written on them are children that appear to have been born about the same time period, the late 1850s to early 1860s.  If... Continue Reading →

The Pottery Maker

The Bauer sisters, Barbara, Lucinda, and Hanna, sat for this photograph at the Gustave Kundler photography studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I believe the image was captured about 1875.  The girls would have been 11, 10, and two years old, respectively. I've come to surmise that the photos of the identified children found in this album... Continue Reading →

The Baker

Hattie was born Hedwig Reuter on June 24, 1864, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The boy in the photo was her brother, Robert.  They were the oldest children of Jacob and Ida (nee Geier) Reuter, immigrants from Germany.  Look at their matching shoes! This carte de visite (cdv) is the second photo I researched out of what... 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 →

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

I originally bought this tintype because I'm a knitter and was immediately attracted to the knit and crochet items the girls were wearing.  However, I couldn't stop thinking about the other tintypes in the shop, all featuring the girl on the left, and how I hated for them to be separated.  Needless to say, I went back... 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 →

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