1900-1906 Family Photograph

I love this family photograph.  First, there are ten family members included – father, mother and children?  Or are there husbands/wives included?  The mother wears the large leg ‘o mutton sleeves of the late 1890’s.  Most of the younger women are more fashionable dressed, in the white lacy blouses and skirts of the early years of the 20th century.  The gentlemen wear a variety of ties and collars.

This truly looks as if this photograph was taken in their home.  The wallpaper is of the time period, and very bright.  There are real curtains at the window, and a piano to the left.  Two large photos hang on the wall – a woman and a man.  Perhaps parents or grandparents of this family?  Notice the feathered fan attached to one of the photos.

I’m not sure about the frame on the right side – with a dove at top it could be a death memorial, although there is something that looks like an anchor in the center – could it be a war memorial?

This is a large photograph, 8 x 6 inches, mounted on a grey cardboard backing that adds an additional two inches on each side.  It is warped and has water damage.  I could just make out the photographer’s name, embossed on bottom right.  This wonderful photo was taken by James Ezra Crill who had a studio in North Manchester, Indiana, Wabash County, from 1900 through 1906.  His studio was located on West Main Street.  I believe he and his family moved from the area in 1906.

Any thoughts?

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