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 →

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 →

The Artist

This is a tintype that has been hand-colored.  It was found in Markle, Indiana.  Written on the reverse is "Mrs. Sarah Huff, Artist, Leavensworth (sic), Ind." Based on the young woman's fashion, I loosely date this photo as being taken in the 1870s.  This is a curious case, as there were several women named Sarah... Continue Reading →

The Stitching Girl

I picked up this beautiful tintype on etsy.  Written on the back of the pink paper sleeve that houses the image is "Annie Townsend, Mother of Nelle, Henry, Roy." Having no information about the photographer or location, I looked closely at the sitter's clothing and hairstyle, and with the help of the 19th Century Card... Continue Reading →

The Piercing Stare

I found this tintype photograph in an antique shop in Markle, Indiana.  The writing on the sleeve identifies two women; Lois (nee Hart) Robison and Lois’ daughter-in-law, Anna.  It seems the person who wrote the names was giving a family history of sorts.  How can we know which woman is the sitter?  Since I am... Continue Reading →

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