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 →

Lorrayne Goff

Lorrayne Goff (1922-2009) Look at those victory rolls! Lorrayne was the daughter of Granville and Nancy (Duncan) Goff. She was born and raised in Williamson, West Virginia.  Her father was in the department store business and her mother was a seamstress. Lorrayne married Salvatore Corea.  They had one son, Larry.  

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 →

The Freibergers

Thomas Freiberger and Anna (nee Brockmann) on their wedding day, May 18, 1921, in Casco, Missouri.  Luckily, this was found among photos which provided a general location that the identifying writing did not. It appears Thomas has scarring on his face and hands which might have been the result of serious burns.  However, I wasn't... Continue Reading →

Susie Who

Although I was unable to identify this carte de visite (CDV) I wanted to share it in case a relative might someday happen upon it.  Written on the reverse "Susie died July 6th 1867."  The photographer was Thompson Gallery in Albany, New York. Known as The Sun Picture Tax, the government placed a luxury tax on... Continue Reading →

How I Love Thee…or not

Henry C. Thee, 31, of Warrenton, Missouri, and Adelia (nee Meyers), 20, of Washington, Missouri tied the knot in 1929 at the St. Peter's Parsonage. This wedding day photo sure paints a grim picture of the couples' affection.  Yikes!  Let's hope they were head over heels in love and what we are seeing here is... Continue Reading →

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