Surprise In The Mailbox!

The delightful people of Logan County, Kentucky, continue to amaze me!  Ritchey and I were welcomed with open arms into their genealogy society, their homes and hearts!  The last day in the area we stopped by the genealogy society one last time to make a copy of the back page of a photo – in my excitement I copied the photo, but not the writing on the back!  But as in an earlier blog, the coincidence was too great – it was meant to be!  We had the privilege of meeting Mary Lancaster, another of the ladies whose hearts beat genealogy!  In talking about my Kentucky Kindred blog I handed out my business card (that’s a total misnomer since it really isn’t a business) to all there and they brought the website up on the computer.  I talked about the great number of old photos I had found in the antique shops while there.  Mary asked what I did with them and I told her I shared them on my blog and Facebook page with other genealogy enthusiasts.  She then said she had some old photos she would send me – and I told her I would be delighted!

Yesterday they arrived in the mailbox!  Let me just say I was overwhelmed!  48 lovely photos of families, individuals, children!  Mary, you made my day and I sincerely thank you for your kindness!  All the photos in this post are from Mary Lancaster.

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Look at this lovely little girl – her ringlet curls remind me of those of my own daughter when she was young!  Such a pensive look on such a little face!  There is no name listed on the back.  The photo was taken by Willis & McQuown in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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This is a great family photo!  I love that the older lady is clutching her husband’s arm – I’ve not noticed that as much, especially from this time period.  This is an older Cabinet Card, probably in the early 1870’s.  Perhaps this was a special occasion for the family?  No names, photographer or place listed.

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Such a handsome gent!  He has a spiffy cravat and an elegant, stand-up collar!  This photo is also from Crawfordsville, Indiana, taken by Nicholson’s Sons!  It is 3.8×5.25 – I would estimate taken at the turn of the century to 1915.

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How about these two boys!  They look very prim and proper, the hand of one resting on his brother’s shoulder!  But I believe there’s a bit of mischievousness just waiting to pop out after the photo was taken!   Another photo from Crawfordsville, Indiana, taken by J. Nicholson & Sons.  This is an older photo than the one above.  It is a cabinet card – a dark green card from 1890-1900, which is, I have read, hard to find.

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At the top of the card you can see gold edging, very noticeable from the front.  This type of edging was available from 1890 on.

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This last photo, also from Crawfordsville, taken by Lawson Photographers, looks to be an earlier card, perhaps 1870’s or early 80’s.  This lovely woman has a beautiful dress – wish it were a full-length photo!

Again, we have Mary Lancaster from Russellville, Kentucky, to thank for these wonderful photos – and many more to come in future posts!

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