Category Archives: Old Photos

Two Sweet Little Girls

Look at these two sweeties!  I love their little dresses with lace collars.  And the little boots!  Not sure why, but children’s boots are so cute.  I suppose because they are so tiny.

This photo was taken by Simpson, Boston Gallery, 94 1/2 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana.  This photo is rather easy to date since the back of the card has a full design imprint – I would say 1890.  Simplicity was the rule of the day for the mid and late 1890’s, with less being more.

Photographs Taken at the Turn of the 20th Century

We start with an outside photo – always my favorites!  Very much a product of Victorian architecture, this house has all the added extras to make it attractive – scroll work under the eaves, a rounded section, and a porch with decorative railing.  There’s a chair and plant on the porch.  The house is complete with picket fence.

There are four adults and two children in the photo – don’t miss the little boy on the brown horse!  He’s almost hidden.  The woman holding the little girl’s hand is probably her grandmother – and the gentleman holding the white horse the grandfather.  The couple in the center of the photo are probably the children’s parents and either daughter or son of the older couple.

Unfortunately the photo I have has been trimmed, no name of photographer or place name.

This woman looks ready for a dance.  She carries a feathery fan and wears something in her hair.  I’m rather surprised she’s not wearing long gloves – usual for this time period.  This photo was taken at Novak Studio, 2212 So. 56th Avenue, Cicero, Illinois.

Our next photo is three adults, none that look too happy about having their picture made!  This photo was taken at Payn Studio in Elyria, Ohio.

The next two photos are taken in traveling clothes.  This young woman’s hat and scarf appear to match – the photo is not in the best condition.  Taken in Rice’s Studio in Manchester, Indiana.

Our last woman looks as if she could board the Titanic!  Large, beautiful hat, furs, and a stunning travel costume.  Photo was taken by L. J. Steman, 132 W. 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Three Photos By John M. Webb

I share with you today three photographs taken by John M. Webb in Columbiana, Ohio.  John was born in 1850 in Ohio, and at the age of 41 married Dora Ink.  The couple had three children, two who lived to adulthood, Gladys and Lemuel.

This family photograph was taken in the mid 1880’s, due to the style of the woman’s dress – and the black background on the card.  Sweet little children.

How lovely!  The dress is made from a beautiful material – possibly satin?  This photo was taken in 1890 due to the color of the card, and the gold filigree line just under the photograph.

The back of the card, which sports a full imprint and design with the photographers name, is also indicative of 1890.  The other two photos have no imprint or design on back.

This photo can be dated to the early 1890’s.  The woman’s sleeves are just starting to have the puffy effect that at the end of the decade would transform into the huge leg o’ mutton sleeves.  Also, embossing around the edge of the card points us to this date.

Men and Their Whiskers

Today I wanted to share photos of men with their beards and/or mustaches, giving examples throughout the years.  Of course, men wore facial hair as dictated by their own personal style, but some fads are worn through certain decades.

Just looking at the hairstyle dates this photo to the 1850’s.  The extremely large lapels of the over-sized coat are another good indication.  And the silk bow tie seals the date!  A goatee on his chin.

This photograph is easy to date since it has a 3 cent stamp on back – used during 1864.  Definite sideburns for this gentleman – made famous by General Ambrose Burnside during the Civil War.  Also known as muttonchops.

This is an early 1870’s photo – the coat, although more fitted than our first photo, does not have the ability to be buttoned at the very top, as becomes popular later in the decade.  A goatee for this gent.

Another early 1870’s photo.  I believe this gentleman just likes hair!  Full beard and a longer hairstyle than usual at this time.

And our last photo – from the 1880’s – the glorious handlebar mustache!  Remember William Howard Taft?  Notice the small lapels on the jacket, giving view of the vest below – and what looks like a beautiful watch chain!


Family Photo From Knoxville Tennessee

So happy to share this photo with you today – seven siblings, from what looks like the oldest brother down to the little guy between the two older sisters.  The older boy’s coat is buttoned at the very top, allowing us to see his waistcoat, the fashion beginning in the 1870’s.  The girls’ dresses I would date in the 1880’s.

The photographer’s name is difficult to read since the photo card is so worn in that area, but it was taken in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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.