The Kids are Alright

This 1914 real photo postcard (RPPC) features the children of Charlie and Jennie (Hurlbut) Sweeney of Georgia Shores, Vermont.  L to R ~ Lucille Elizabeth, Reginald Wightman, Donald Charles, and Gerald Hurlbut.

Sweet Swedes

How I wish I knew the identities of the young women featured in this RPPC (real picture postcard.)  I love the half posed half candid nature of the photo.  According to a penciled notation on the back, this moment in time was captured on July 4 in Alzada. "Mona - 10 Here's the picture of... Continue Reading →

Little Nieces

The children featured in this sweet RPPC (real photo postcard) were easy to identify once I located the recipients of the letter, Orland H. Blake and his wife, Gertrude, of Yarmouth, Maine. The sender was Orland's sister Mrs. Grace Allen.  The little nieces were Emily Louise, Clara Mildred, Ruth, Isabelle, and baby Ernestine.  Sadly, Ernestine... Continue Reading →

The Freibergers

Thomas Freiberger and Anna (nee Brockmann) on their wedding day, May 18, 1921, in Casco, Missouri.  Luckily, this was found among photos which provided a general location that the identifying writing did not. It appears Thomas has scarring on his face and hands which might have been the result of serious burns.  However, I wasn't... 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 →

Working in the Coal Mines

The Ball children pictured in this school photo grew up near Athens, Ohio where their father, George, supported his family as a coal miner. Ethel Ball was the oldest sibling and worked as a schoolteacher.  Based on Ethel's outfit matching the woman behind her I suspect she was teaching when this photo was taken. I... Continue Reading →

Seize the Viand Dear to Your Heart

Agnes Murdoch Scott was born in 1894 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland to James and Mary (Norris) Scott. The real photo postcards (RPPC) shared in this post were found with family photos that belonged to Fern (Waterson) Hardenburg.  Agnes and Fern are connected by the marriage of their children, Martha Dale to Walter Hardenburg. Agnes and... 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 →

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 →

She Worked Hard for Her Money

It seems that Vera Norris and Bertha Whitney were no strangers to hard work.  As teenagers in the early 1900s, both girls worked as servants.  I suspect the person who wrote on the reverse of this RPPC (real photo postcard) would have positioned the names directly behind the sitter that each represented, which means Vera... Continue Reading →

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