Vigorous for her Age

Our sitter in this 1860s ambrotype photo is Mrs. Jemima P. (Goodfellow) Brittain. When she died in 1905, at the age of 93, she was the oldest woman in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Miss Jemima Goodfellow married Alem Brittain, a Methodist Reverend, in 1834. She was the mother of eight children. Thanks to the detail oriented individual... Continue Reading →

Whiskey and Beer

These carte de visites of John Clement and Olivia (Brown) Clifford and their children were taken in June of 1864.  This seemingly happy little family didn't remain little for long.  And when it came to happy...I'll let you decide. Before we get into the Clifford's life story let's take a moment to appreciate this tattered... Continue Reading →

Just After We Were Married

Iva Mae Earley, 16, married Nathan Robert McDonald, a 22 year old farmer. They settled in Childress, Texas. In 1931 they welcomed a daughter, Maxine, who died of pneumonia at just 1 month old. Nathan gave up farming and went back to school, graduating from Shield of Faith Bible Institute in Fort Worth, Texas in... Continue Reading →

Sarah A. Thomas…Is it you?

Spoiler...I've since found proof that this is not Sarah (Thomas) Selleck but I'm leaving this post as it was originally written. Click here to see a photo of the true Sarah. This cased ambrotype was picked up by a fellow collector in Connecticut. I loved the subject's expression and pose and decided to add it... Continue Reading →

Murder, She Heard

Sallie (Burch) Baysore was widowed at the age of 43 when her husband, George, died in 1897. The couple lived in the village of Mason, Ohio which is near Cincinnati. Sallie and her late husband's friend, Albert Dill, continued a friendship after George's death. Albert even boarded with Sallie, although he made use of a... Continue Reading →

Everybody Blew Glass

I came for the embroidered cape, but stuck around for the genealogy. Seated in the middle of this handsome group is Louis Boudon. On the right are his maternal cousins Alfred and Marie Camus, with Alfred's wife Laura (Staes) on the left. The Boudon and Camus families immigrated to the United States from France. The... Continue Reading →

A Nice Set of Pipes

The couple featured in this vintage snapshot are identified on the reverse as "Neysa & Anthony Travis." They were married in 1948 in Los Angeles, California. Anthony died in 1980 and Neysa in 1984. They are buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park. Neysa Estelle was born Nesser Easter Hansett on June 4, 1904 in Mecklenburg... Continue Reading →

Time Can Never Fade Thy Image

Miss Berenice Wheeler was an actress in the 1890s.  It was her lovely, whimsical outfit that first caught my eye.  This style of exaggerated sleeve was referred to as leg-o-mutton, or gigot in France, and it was all the rage at the time.   However, Berenice's dress brought a much earlier fashion to mind.  As you... Continue Reading →

Webster Sisters

Click on image to enlarge"Ammie & Margie Webster, Paris Texas, Sept 17th 1901" The Webster sisters grew up in Paris, Texas. Ammie was the eldest, born in January 1878. Margie came along in November 1881. Based on how the inscription is written on the reverse I assume Ammie is on the left, although I feel... Continue Reading →

Iva Goodwin

I wouldn't have guessed this fresh-faced sitter was much older than sixteen. But according to writing on the reverse of this cabinet photo, Miss Iva Goodwin was 21 years old when she sat for her portrait on September 3, 1908 in Reading, Michigan. Iva grew up nine miles west of Reading in the tiny township... Continue Reading →

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