Dead Tired Dad

The man who sat for this portrait at Leaman & Lee's Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery in Reading, Pennsylvania is identified on the reverse as George Steinmatz (sic). The image was captured in the 1870s when he was about 40 years old.  The photographer tried to liven up George's wearied look by giving his cheeks a rosy... Continue Reading →

Three’s Company

I happened upon these three tintypes, listed individually, in the Glassing Etsy shop. As soon as I noticed that the handwriting on all three was the same I had to purchase them.  Without a location, I knew that the only hope of them being identified was to keep them together. So, what was the sitters'... Continue Reading →

She Bore The Burdens

I purchased this tintype on eBay.  The label on the reverse names the young women (counterclockwise) as "Sadie Sildrael, Julie Catlin, and Mattie Catlin," and it notes that Mattie had a "crippled hand."  The names are also written directly on the tintype but that writing was impossible to capture in photos and scans.  In this... Continue Reading →

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

I originally bought this tintype because I'm a knitter and was immediately attracted to the knit and crochet items the girls were wearing.  However, I couldn't stop thinking about the other tintypes in the shop, all featuring the girl on the left, and how I hated for them to be separated.  Needless to say, I went back... Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Mr. Hyde

I purchased a lot of 15 photos in order to get this one tintype of Charles P. Hyde taken in January 1870. I  love the composition, the stack of books, the table covering, the pinky ring and the purple hand colored cravat.  Basically, I love it all! Before I hit the buy it now button,... Continue Reading →

Expecting

Ellert Ellertson was born in Sannidal, Telemark, Norway in 1829 and traveled to America with his parents and siblings in 1843.  If you're interested, a relative has shared quite a bit of family history, which you can find at geni.com.  The focus of the relative's writing is Ellert's father, Even Ellertson, but it provides insight into... Continue Reading →

Living with Hoboes

I admired this cased ambrotype, along with a smaller, cased tintype (shown at the end of this post), for at least a year, as they sat listed on etsy.  The seller mistakenly  identified the sitter as William Wallace.  He overlooked the next word, which I came to discover was the surname of Hungerford. William Wallace Hungerford... Continue Reading →

David Aker’s Snap Shot

I picked up this tintype, housed in a paper frame, in Markle, Indiana.  Writing on the back reads "Whitley Co. Ind." I find it difficult to date this tintype based on the young man's fashion.  If I had to make a guess, I would say late 1860s to mid 1870s, based on the felt hat... Continue Reading →

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