Deserted

This young man is identified as Ed Davison.  The photographer, Henry James Stevenson, opened his first photo gallery about 1895 in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory.  If you'd like to learn more about Oklahoma before it became a state, check out what the Oklahoma Historical Society has to say. Disappointingly, I didn't find any records or... Continue Reading →

J.H. Staton

"J.H. Staton Alices Gorman Staton baby born Jan 18-1907 - 66 yrs old now His mother is back of chair holding him" I was saddened to learn that Alice didn't get to raise her son, James Harvey.  Alice died of a pelvic abscess soon after this photo was taken.  James was raised by his paternal... Continue Reading →

A Simple Act of Common Humanity

I was brimming with excitement when I picked up this early portrait of Emily Theresa Boone of Bryantown, Maryland at a local antique mall.  I believe it's considered a chalk or pastel piece.  The artist likely completed it based on an earlier daguerreotype or ambrotype photograph.  Emily appears to be around thirteen years old which... Continue Reading →

Tales of Terrible Cruelty

This is the third and final post based on a cabinet card identified as Inez Swartz "Adrian Home girl" which was a term used to reference residents living at the Adrian Industrial School for Girls. If you'd like to read my earlier posts, they are Adrian Home Girl and As If Their Little Hearts Would... Continue Reading →

As If Their Little Hearts Would Break

This is the second post based on a cabinet card I found in a shop in Allen, Michigan.  The photo was identified as Inez Swartz "Adrian Home girl," which was a term used for residents of the Adrian Industrial School for Girls. If you'd like to see the complete cabinet card image and read my... Continue Reading →

Adrian Home Girl

The young woman who sat for this photograph is identified on the reverse as Inez Swartz.  The photographers Genevieve Dey & Grace Hayden, worked together in Hillsdale, Michigan, from 1899 to no later than 1904, which helps to date this image. The words "Adrian Home girl" penned below the name was in reference to the... Continue Reading →

Let’s Do the Twist

According to the writing on the reverse of this real photo postcard (RPPC), our sitters are Livonia Osborn and Howard Strong.  Also penned on the back is "Mardi Gras 1923" which explains the kooky pretzel get-ups. I wasn't so sure the name Howard E. Strong identified our second sitter because of how the names were... Continue Reading →

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