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 →

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 →

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 →

Foot Soldier

This sitter's intense gaze is what caught my attention.  He is identified on the reverse of this carte de visite as Mr. L.G. Fisher.  From the other notations (see below) it appears this image was sent to a photographer to be enlarged.  I suspect it was for use at his funeral. Born in 1836, Linas... Continue Reading →

Murder of the Juno Beauty

This cabinet card came to me as a gift from a friend.  She knew my love of researching old photos and suspected I would be especially interested in this one.  You see, part of the writing on the reverse reads "murdered by Durant (sic), for which he was hanged."  My friend was correct; I was... Continue Reading →

Greetings from Alaska

I found this old photo in an antique mall in Auburn, Indiana.  My Grandmother was a Mary Louise so this had to come home with me.  I suspected it was a vacation photo and didn't have high hopes of identifying the sitter. Fortunately, I was wrong.  The first Mary Louise Heller I located on ancestry... Continue Reading →

Unsolved Mysteries

I picked up this carte de visite (cdv) in Wisconsin.  The photographer, Austin Kracaw, was an immigrant from Germany and operated a studio in Washington, Iowa from 1865 to 1875.  The name James McClenon is written on the reverse of this cdv.  I wasn't able to identify this sitter; however, I'd like to talk about... Continue Reading →

Secret Agent Man

Fay Savage's photo was found in a shop in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Based on the photo mounting (shown below) I date the photo to the late 1890s or early 1900s. Twenty-one-year-old Fay Charles Savage was living in Endicott, Nebraska in 1900.  Endicott is about 60 miles east of Nelson, where Fay sat for his photo in... Continue Reading →

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