Iva Goodwin

I wouldn't have guessed this fresh-faced sitter was much older than sixteen. But according to writing on the reverse of this cabinet photo, Miss Iva Goodwin was 21 years old when she sat for her portrait on September 3, 1908 in Reading, Michigan. Iva grew up nine miles west of Reading in the tiny township... Continue Reading →

Lottie and Daisy

Lottie and Daisy Dale of Butler, Pennsylvania were sisters.  They graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio in 1890 and 1891 respectively.  The word "Athenaeum" is written on the reverse of the cabinet card photos and references a literary society at the university. The girls' father, David, was an oil producer.  About 1907 the... Continue Reading →

Not a Couple

You might think you're looking at a young married couple but these sitters were siblings. A clue to this fact is the length of the young woman's dress which would have been floor length if she were considered an adult. Adam and Emma Fisher were the youngest of eight children born to John and Mary... Continue Reading →

Maxine and Sanford

Click photo to enlarge "Maxine DeLong & Sanford Eldridge married May 6, 1950" Maxine and Sanford tied the knot in Los Angeles, California. They settled in Minnesota and had seven children; Don, Mike, Steve, Gwenn, Pat, Theresa, and Barbara. Maxine died in 1995 and according to her obituary the couple were divorced but still friends.... Continue Reading →

Myra and Jerry Barlow

Although the posing seems odd for a wedding photo, with the young woman literally turning her back on her beau, the fashion dates this image to the early 1890s and that's when our sitters tied the knot. Miss Myra Drake and Jerry Barlow said their vows in December 1892 in Flint, Michigan. Myra was a... Continue Reading →

Hard-Boiled Hearse

The Spanish Flu swept across the globe from 1918 through 1920. It claimed the lives of at least 675,000 Americans and 50 million worldwide. The smiling boy in this photograph, posed among the backyard shrubbery in Washington, Missouri, was one of it's victims. Emil John Brockmann, the only child of John and Lena (Meyer), died... Continue Reading →

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 →

The Kids are Alright

This 1914 real photo postcard (RPPC) features the children of Charlie and Jennie (Hurlbut) Sweeney of Georgia Shores, Vermont.  L to R ~ Lucille Elizabeth, Reginald Wightman, Donald Charles, and Gerald Hurlbut.

Looks Like a Funeral

At first glance you would think this was taken after a funeral, with the church-like building in the background and the baskets and urns full of flowers.  But written on the back is "Golden Wedding of Rev. & Mrs. Rahn Oct 17 - 1938." I cropped the photo and ran it through an image editing... 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 →

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