Category Archives: Old Photos

Young Men College and Professional Photographs

Today I share with you four photographs of young men, probably college students or professionals.  Most of the time I post photos of women or children.  Don’t want the men to feel left out!  I would date these photographs from 1900 to possibly 1920.  None are carte-de-visite or cabinet cards from earlier times.

Perhaps the youngest in the group, this young man looks very serious.  This photo was taken by Crosby Photography, Cottage Studios in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

This is a postcard photo.  What do you think is attached to his breast pocket?  Something from a club or organization?

This young man also has something in his pocket, and is attached to his lapel.  He is a very handsome young man.

Our last photo shows a young man serious about his books and work.  He has quite a nifty bow tie.  This photo was taken by Louis Burkart at 11th and Ann Streets in Newport, Kentucky.

Delightful Photographs

Our first photo today is a mother and daughter.  Isn’t the little girl sweet?  With her large bow and necklace she is ready to be photographed.  Her mother has the beautiful upswept hair that I love!  This is a postcard photo.  The AZO stamp on the card tells us it was made by Eastman Kodak between 1904 and 1918.

Our second photo is also a postcard, but has been trimmed to fit in a frame.  Do you think the little boys are twins?  They’re certainly adorable!  And the wee one in the old pram!  On back I see that it was sent to Mrs. Charles ? in Lansing Michigan.  The postmark is Hammond, Indiana, June 10, 1915, and the scrap of message I can read says they are coming Sunday the 13th.

In the late 1890’s this diamond shaped photo was very popular.  I think it must have been difficult to frame or put in a photo album!  This handsome gent looks very dashing.  On back we find this photo was taken by H. Mueller, No. 1129 Vine St., below 12th, Cincinnati, Ohio.  You could purchase a life-size photo and 1 dozen cabinets for $3.75!

Our last photo is of a lovely woman who looks ready for a dance!  She is Mrs. J. F. Porter – so rare to have a name!  Her lovely shoulders are shown off by the black lace and ruffles of her gown.  This photo was taken by Roshon’s Studio, 832 Broad St., Augusta, Georgia.

Working In The Fields

I’m so excited to share this photo with you!  A true agricultural experience that may bring back memories to many of you.  This farmer and worker looks to be standing in a tobacco or hay wagon.  The dappled grey horses are beautiful.  Are there shocks of corn in the background?

We have names on the back.  ‘Dad standing, San next to Dad, Elmer and Vern.’  This photo was taken in 1938 by Schupp Photography in Mountain Grove, Missouri.

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.