Category Archives: Old Photos

Mary Anna Hawthorne of Wilmington, Delaware

Let me introduce you to Mary Anna Hawthorne.  This photo was taken by Cummings Photography in Wilmington, Delaware.

Mary Anna wears a high-necked white blouse and her jacket has a braided trim on the edges, and it looks as if there is a collar of the same.  The puffed sleeves give us a look of the 1890’s.  Look at that play of a smile around the lips!  I wish I had known this woman.

With a death date listed I thought it might be possible to find information, but found nothing.

Beautiful Woman from Los Angeles, California

A beautiful photography of a lovely woman.  Is she dressed for a party?  Or is this a wedding photo?  Large cuffs of lace at the sleeve, and caplets at the shoulder, along with a small bit at the neckline give this dress a special look.  It looks as if there is gold braid at the hem, waist and bodice.  And the woman is wearing white gloves.

This photo was taken by Lamson Studio, 313 1/2 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California.  The photographer’s name is in gold imprint which dates to 1895, and the uneven scalloping along the edges are from the same date.

Siblings Photo

This is such a cute photo of three siblings.  The boy looks a bit bored with the whole process – even though he is cute in his Little Lord Fauntleroy outfit!  The suit dates this photo to the late 1880’s or early 1890’s.  Since the girls have the beginning of the large leg ‘o mutton sleeves of the 1890’s, that’s a closer bet for this photo.

Rice Photography of North Manchester, Indiana, took the photo.  The embossed name of the photographer puts this into at least 1894, and so does the even scalloping along the edges of the card.  No design on back of the card puts us to 1898.

1883 Photograph – Katie Schwartz Lynch

What a beautiful woman – and we know her name!  Let me introduce you to Katie Schwartz.  This Nashville, Tennessee, photo was taken in 1883, as written on back.  It is a little bit daring since her sleeves are very short – quite unusual for a photograph taken in 1883 to show so much arm.

With a little research I’ve found that Katie was born July 3, 1859, to Abraham Schwartz, who born in Germany, and Jane Earhardt, born in Tennessee.  In 1887, four yeas after this photo, Katie married Augustus Lynch.  According to the 1900 census of Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee, Augustus was 31, a bartender.  Kate was 40, had 2 children, both living, William S., 11, and Nannie R., 7.  Katie lived to the grand age of 88 years.  She died June 28, 1948.

The photo was taken by Thuss, Koellein and Giers, located at No. 139 Union Street, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Photograph of Handsome Young Man

I love this photo – such a handsome young man.  Unfortunately there is no name listed.  I can tell you his photo was taken in Blue Rapids, Kansas, by Hann Photography.  The photo is on a grey card, with the name of the photographer embossed underneath.  I would date this to the mid 1890’s, most specifically because it is embossed.

Happy Wedding Day!!

Today I am happy to share this wedding photo.  The bride wears a lovely matching skirt and bolero jacket, with a white silk blouse with lace at the collars and cuff.  A sprig of flowers, similar to what the groom wears, is pinned to her blouse.  She has a very tiny waist!

Our groom sports a watch chain, and a tie with a very large knot.

The information about the photographer was trimmed, perhaps to fit this photo in an album or frame.  I would date this photo to the early 1890’s due to the groom’s tie and the sleeves of the bride’s jacket.  Lacy panels make a nice backdrop.