Let the Good Times Roll

Pete and John McCarthy (left and center respectively) were brothers, two of nine known children born to Peter and Ellen Donahoue McCarthy.  The family lived in Frampton, Quebec, Canada.  As far as Jim Fitzmaurice or Fitzmorrise, although this surname may sound unusual to some, it definitely is not.  I found too many men with this name... Continue Reading →

The Butcher’s Daughter

Anna Eliza Cady and I have something in common.  Our fathers were butchers.  My father worked in a grocery store meat department.  I like to imagine Anna's father, John Cady, dressed in a long, white apron, working behind the counter in a small meat market.  However, it's more likely he worked alongside many other butchers,... Continue Reading →

Kirkley’s Snap Shot

This cabinet card was found in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The sitter was James Buchanan Kirkley, born April 15, 1856, in Indiana.  His image was captured by Felix Schanz, a native of France, who came to Fort Wayne in the 1880s.  According to the following article, Schanz' studio, at 112 Calhoun, opened in 1889. James Kirkley... Continue Reading →

Hattie’s Hats

Harriet Bowden, or Hattie Bowden, as she was identified on the back of this cabinet card, was born in 1869 in New York.  Sometime after 1873 her parents, William and Louisa, relocated to Ohio.  In her early twenties, when this photo was taken, Hattie worked for the Western Suspender Company and as a Milliner in... Continue Reading →

Phil Clark’s Snapshot

Philip J. Clark was a 23 year old bachelor, in August, 1872, when he sat for photographer, Samuel Montague Fassett, at 501 Wabash Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. His birthday was in August, and I wonder if this photo was taken to mark the occasion.  Seven years later, Philip wed Miss Sarah E. Fletcher, and the... Continue Reading →

Students of Union School

Click on the image to view larger I love a group photo, and my favorite antique photo format is the carte de visite, also known as the cdv.  I picked this one up in the VictorianPhoto etsy shop.  I enjoy studying the sitters' faces, and body language, some seem so relaxed in front of the... Continue Reading →

She Wore Mittens

This is a cabinet card photograph, identified on the back as "Mabel F. Greene, 5 years old, 1883."  The photographer was W.C. Foote of Flint, Michigan.  I was attracted to the image because I'm a knitter, and the little girl is wearing knitted mittens. I imagined the mother, a grandmother, or maybe an aunt, knitting... Continue Reading →

With Compliments

This carte de visite was languishing in a shop in Lansing, Michigan for at least two years.  On my latest visit, I could no longer resist the urge to rescue it.  The sitter looks to be about 20 years old, and based on his fashion, I suspect the photo was taken in the late 1870s. ... Continue Reading →

Isabella Moore’s Snapshot

This cabinet card was a lovely gift from a fellow photo collector.  In addition to the writing on the front of the card, identifying the sitter as Mrs. Moore, a cousin from Nova Scotia, there is writing on the reverse that narrows her identity to Mrs. W. H. Moore.  I'm grateful to the relative who added... Continue Reading →

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