Don’t Toot Your Own Horn

Frank Horn worked for over twenty years at the Conn Company, a musical instrument manufacturer in Elkhart, Indiana.  I imagine he was the subject of many horn jokes in his day.  Frank was a stationary fireman, which meant he operated high-pressure steam boilers in the factory. Frank, his wife Ell (nee Seabourn), and their children... 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 →

The Glass of Fashion and the Mould of Form

  I couldn't resist purchasing this carte de visite.  After all, Charles and Eliza Netsel were from my hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  They are buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, also the resting place of my Great Grandparents, Chester and Grace Shenfeld. The cdv photographer, Norval Busey, opened his Baltimore, Maryland studio on Charles Street, in 1870,... Continue Reading →

That Girl’s a Betty!

According to the urban dictionary, a betty "epitomizes a modern day queen, commonly associated with increased levels of self-worth (because she continues to create it.)  She has the power and agency to be irresistibly sexy and feminine minutes after effortlessly emasculating a mere dozen men with her intellect and ability to deliver."  I think this is a... Continue Reading →

The Lodger

In 1901, George Wenham was a boarder in the home of William Juby in Picton, Ontario, Canada, and based on the photo's mounting style, as well as the girl's dress, it was about that time that he sat for this photo. The photographer was W.F. Johnson of Picton. The writing on the reverse reads "Uncle... 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 →

Grandma’s Friend

This carte de visite was a gift from a fellow collector.  I love the simplistic style.  On the back is written "Jennie Paul friend of Grandma Armstrong's."  Jennie had her image captured at the photography studio of Alexander & Stevens in Morristown, New Jersey. Jane Amanda "Jennie" Paul was 9 years old when her mother,... Continue Reading →

Expecting

Ellert Ellertson was born in Sannidal, Telemark, Norway in 1829 and traveled to America with his parents and siblings in 1843.  If you're interested, a relative has shared quite a bit of family history, which you can find at geni.com.  The focus of the relative's writing is Ellert's father, Even Ellertson, but it provides insight into... Continue Reading →

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