The Witching Hour

Happy Halloween!  This cabinet card, along with two others decorated in the same manner, was found at Freckle Farm Antiques in La Porte, Indiana.  The young woman is identified on the reverse as 'Berta Kurtz' (sic).  I have to wonder what Bertha would think about someone adding a witch hat to her image.  I can... Continue Reading →

Pearl Leora Waterson

These lovely portraits of Pearl Leora Waterson were found with family photos that once belonged to Pearl's sister, Fern (Waterson) Hardenburg.  The image above is my favorite.  I feel as if Pearl is looking right through me. Pearl was born in Olivet, Michigan on Feb. 7, 1889, and was the oldest of three children born... Continue Reading →

Measles

I can't be sure if the small image on this postcard is of the sender, Jane "Jennie" Belle Johnston, or if it's a stock photo.  I bought it because of the humorous message Jennie wrote to her Grandmother, Mary A. Clapper.  Of course, the little note is funny now but I'm sure nobody was laughing... Continue Reading →

The Band Plays On

I came across this memorial image in Van Wert, Ohio at Years Ago Antique Mall.  The deceased young man is not identified.  Based on the fashion I would date this photo as being from the 1910s. It was the widow who stole my heart and made me decide to add this large cabinet photo to... Continue Reading →

Good Golly Miss Mollie

This carte de visite (cdv) was found among a group of vintage photos that once belonged to Mrs. Jimmie (McDougale) Brashier.  Written on the back is "Mollie Hart Richburg Gray."  There is no photographer or location noted which is why it's a good thing these photos managed to stay together.  I had no luck identifying... Continue Reading →

So Far Lost in Manhood

I found this tintype in Coldwater, Michigan and although it's in rough condition (I digitally removed a lot of scratches from the men's faces) I couldn't pass it up.  Written on a piece of tape on the back is "J.D. Anglin and Frank McCuen - Willards Grandfather McCuen."  There was no photographer or location noted... Continue Reading →

Many-Faced Portrait

How many faces do you see in this moody 1870s Victorian portrait?  I'll provide my answer at the end of the post.  This antique cabinet photo features the Sturges siblings; Wallace, Eva, and Clara, as well as Eva's husband Frank Watson.  According to writing on the reverse Frank and Clara are standing. Click Image to... Continue Reading →

Brother

I purchased this real photo postcard, also known as an RPPC, at the same time as another antique photo but didn't pick up on the connection right away.  You might want to read my post about Birdie and Bert as this is Bert's younger brother, James McCollum.  Brace yourself, it's another sad story. "Hello to Bert... Continue Reading →

Magical Mystery Tour

I found this 1890s cabinet photo in the WeepingWidow Etsy shop.  The image of the three young women is lovely however I bought it because of the location, Angola, Indiana, one of my hometowns.  I was hoping I would find lots of newspaper articles featuring the women's social activities however that was not the case. ... Continue Reading →

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