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Dad Went to P.F. October 15, 1931

Today I share a photograph of a lovely woman.  She looks dressed for a dance.  Her hair piled atop her head, in a large braid.  The off-the-shoulder dress is very fancy, and the flowers attached on the left side add even more to the overall effect.  There is a hint of a smile.

The photographer was William Buell of Evansville, Indiana.

On back is written ‘Dad went to P.F. October 15, 1931.’  I’ve searched, trying to find an incident that happened on that date with the initials P.F.  Found nothing.  This date is in-between wars.  I hoped it would give a clue as to this woman’s name.

If nothing else she will remain our lovely mystery woman.

Photo Found In Pocket Of Deceased

This photo of two lovely women has a bit of a mystery about it.  We do not know the names of these two women, or their relationship.  If I had to guess I would say they are mother and daughter.  This photo was taken about 1885, by Conley Brothers in Celina, Ohio.  The high collars and curled front hair give us a clue to the time period.

The most interesting part is what is written on back – ‘Found in brother Cum’s pocket after his death.’  How interesting that this gentleman would have this photo with him, and possibly carried it with him for a good number of years.  What was his relationship to the women in the photo?  Since the author did not write who these women are, I take it they did not know.  Is one a long lost love?  Could the daughter be his child?  I know, I’m letting my imagination run wild.  But it does raise questions!

Adorable Stairsteps

I have the cutest photo to share with you today!  Fourteen children evidently born one just after the other!  Can you imagine all those little boots lined up at night!  The oldest is possibly fifteen or sixteen – the others are stairsteps down the line to the infant held by one of the girls.  All the older children are girls – it is always harder to tell with the little ones since they were usually dressed the same from about three or four and younger.  Do you think their mother made their clothes?

This is a postcard photo.  On back, in the area where it says ‘Place stamp here’, in the corners around it are four triangles, face up, with AZO in lettering, on each side, between the triangles.  This actually tells the postcard stock used.  This particular paper was from Eastman Kodak, and was used for 1904-1918.

What a wonderful glimpse of a bygone era!

Stunning Woman from Bloomington Illinois

So excited to share this photograph of a beautiful woman with you!  Even though we have only a head and shoulders shot we get a good idea of her dress.  The early nineties were a time of high collars.  From the Ladies’ Home Journal of August 1890 came, ‘To permit one’s neck to show in daytime is bad form.’ She wears a dark choker around her throat, the only visible jewelry.  The trim of the 1890’s was often concentrated on the bodice, and we can see this at the bottom of the photo.  The fabric of the bodice is heavily embroidered with tiny pearls in the shape of roses.  The buttons from the throat to the bodice are very decorated and set close together.  The upper sleeves give a hint at the ‘gigot’ sleeve to come later in the decade.

The uneven scalloped edges of this photo date from 1887-1894, another sign of the early ’90’s!

Albert Marton, photographer, was listed in the Bloomington census of 1880 as 28 years of age, single, born in Prussia; with him lived three siblings – Tena, 26, sister, also born in Prussia; Lewis, 21 and Henry, 18, both born in the United States.  Albert must have been very successful at his profession as he wrote A New Treatise on the Modern Methods of Carbon Printing in 1905.

1870’s Women’s Fashions

I’m so excited to share this photo!  This is a wonderful example of the 1870’s style of women’s fashions.  Seven subjects give us seven examples of how the bustle and narrower form of dress was used during this decade.  Skirts moved from the voluminous hoop fashion, to the narrow skirt, especially in front, and the bustle and a bit of train in back.  Each of these woman give us an example of this style, but they are quite independent of each other.  The white and print dresses give us a glimpse of the bustle in back.  Of the other five, notice the difference in front buttons.  Two have buttons spaced very close, two others have buttons a bit further apart, and one has a quirky bodice cut that looks slashed!  Bits of lace and collars are seen at the throat, fastened with a brooch.  Some of the skirts are simple, but the two in front exhibit pleats, one with a corresponding color of fabric.  Is this a photo of sisters, school mates?  It gives us a striking example of the myriad of women’s fashions of the day.

Photo was taken by Lindsay in Robinson, Illinois.

Let Me Introduce You to the Linton Family!

While visiting the Linton house in Logan County, my cousin, Garwood Linton, let me look through all the old family photographs.  As with most, few were named.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them!  Today I share a few with you from Garwood’s collection – with my guesses for who they may be.

This is a beautiful photograph of an older woman.  Notice her fine features, her sweet face – and her hands!  She holds her spectacles in one, and a book in another.  They look like they’ve worked hard during her years of life.

This photograph is a cabinet card – 6.5″ x 4.25″.  It was made in Bowling Green, Kentucky, not far from Russellville, by Bettison’s Studio.  This is an early cabinet card, no frills, that I would date to about 1872.  If we check the family tree, this could possibly be Garwood’s 3rd great-grandmother, Nancy Jane Newman, born in 1822, died 1879, who married Benjamin Burkett Linton.

Isn’t this a beautiful woman?  This is a tintype photo, taken about 1885, my guess.  Tintypes do not have the name of the photographer listed.

A handsome gentleman is next.  This is a carte de visite, 2.5″ x 4″.  The photographer was L. D. Robertson, South Side Public Square, Franklin, Kentucky.  The Linton family lived in Logan County between the towns of Russellville and Franklin (in Simpson County).  Due to the large sleeves and lapels of the coat, this photo was most likely taken in the 1860’s.   Could this be a young Thomas Alney Linton?

This is an 1870’s gent – the lapels of his coat are smaller, and buttoned at the top.  He wears a very  nice watch chain!  Another tintype, but I can’t say who this man might be.

Here we have a photo of a handsome couple.  The bustle lets us know this is from the 1870’s.  The man wears a slightly larger jacket than this time period, but it could have been held over from previous years.  This tintype has just a bit of color added to the cheeks.

Next we have this cherub!  What adorable sweetness!  The tiny feet and hands, hair sticking up – and sitting in a tiny chair!  This is a very old carte de visite, perhaps taken in 1862.  There is no border or photographer’s name on the card.  This child is obviously a year of age or younger.  Checking the data base for Linton descendants from the patriarch, Benjamin Franklin Linton, one child does fit this age – his granddaughter, Louella C. Linton, daughter of Benjamin Burkett Linton – and sister to John Wesley Linton who owned this home.  Unfortunately Louella lived only a year or two.  If this is her photo, it’s probably the only one taken of her.

What a treat to look through a large drawer of photos from another time period!  Thank you, Cousin!

Whyte and Sons Photography

Not only did Ritchey and I walk through many cemeteries on our trip, we did walk through one antique mall to look for old photos.  The above postcard photo shows three woman – Jean, Nellie and Bella.  Isn’t it nice to know their names?

Postcard photos were introduced in 1903, and became quite popular by 1906.  Many of the old postcards have a design in the area to attach a stamp for mailing, and the design can be used to date the card.  This particular postcard has no such designation, but it does have the name and address of the photographer – Whyte & Sons, 20 Union St., Glasgow, Scotland.  Originally this company began with the father, James Whyte, and after 1906 it became known as Whyte and Sons.  I would probably date this photo to about 1910.