Play it by Ear

Our sitter looks to be in her early teens and based on the young woman's fashion I date this CDV (carte de visite) to the early 1870s.  The photographer, Luman F. Heath, operated studios in Lansing and North Lansing from 1865 to 1903. I believe the writing penned on the reverse reads "Clara Keith" although... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ 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 →

She Called Him Fadie

I got this great 1961 identified snapshot in a mystery lot from the Etsy shop JakeRoebucks.  If you love old photos I suggest you check it out. With the unusual middle name of Shira, Madge Jackson was easy to identify.  Born in 1954 to Betty (nee Shira), Madge graduated from Jeffersontown High School in Jeffersontown,... 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 →

Tuscarora City

Miss Sadie Deck was born in 1856 and grew up a farmer's daughter near Martinsburg, West Virginia.   Unlike her brother and five sisters who lived long lives, Sadie's days on this earth were short. I struggled with this identification because I could not find Tuscarora City, Virginia.  It wasn't until I took my search to... Continue Reading →

Oh, Deer!

I looked at this vintage photograph and my eye was immediately drawn to Mollie's expression and then to Johnnie's pipe.  My husband picked it up and said "an albino deer."  I hadn't noticed the deer. haha! Mollie Butz and Johnnie Hornby Jr. were married on Christmas Eve in 1922 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  John was a... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ Helen Carr

This photo was a sweet gift from Heather of _wherethewillowsgrow_ .  It appears to be a photo that would have been mounted on a sturdy cabinet photo board. The youngest child of Abia and Curlila (Bowers) Carr, Helen was born in Ohio in 1901 and lost her father when she was only five years old. ... Continue Reading →

Ladies’ Auxiliary

    I love a group photo, so when I found this in an antique shop I knew it had to come home with me. I located Mrs. Mary L. (Kohr) Walters who, according to the address label affixed to the bottom, lived at 2327 Fox Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Mary's mother, Derinda Kohr,... Continue Reading →

~Mini Monday~ Clara Wright

This cabinet card was found among others featuring students from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Charles BoDurtha operated his photography studio in the university town of Delaware.  The young woman is identified on the reverse as Clara Wright of Tinney, Ohio. Clara Finette Wright was born about 1874.  Census records tell us that Clara and her parents,... Continue Reading →

~ Mini Monday ~ Florence Condit

Another wonderful image from Heather of _wherethewillowsgrow_ .  The young woman in this carte de visite sat for her portrait in Grand Rapids, Iowa.  Based on the small bit of fashion visible in the photo her image was captured in the 1870s. Miss Florence Condit, the name penned on the reverse, lived in Centralia, Illinois,... Continue Reading →

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