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Gentlemen’s Photos 1860-1895

Women’s photographs are always more interesting, and there are more of them than men’s.  Women’s dresses, hair styles and jewelry always draw our attention.  But men’s clothing, hair and hat styles can be just as interesting.

This first gentleman’s photo is a carte-de-visite – or something similar.  I believe this photo was taken about 1860, possibly 1859.  Instead of being the exact 2 1/2″ x 4″ as the carte-de-visite, this card measures 2 7/16″ x 4 3/16″.  In the early days the cards were not exactly measured and thus gives us a hint to its age.  The gentleman wears the long, oversized coat of this era – note it almost comes to his knees.  The collar of his shirt is not as tall as in later years and his very narrow silk tie is a signature of the very early 1860’s.

Our next two photos are tintypes, but not the very early tintypes of of 1858-1864.  The 1880’s saw a resurgence of this method of photography.  By this point photographs were even cheaper to make and film technology improved to make the photographic process faster.  Many cities had photography studios, as well as carnivals and fairs which gave a souvenir of the event.  It looks as if the above photo was taken in a tent, there are what look like ties at the bottom left, and studios would have a more interesting background than white with a solitary chair.

This gentleman  wears a shirt of the 1880’s with it’s sharp, pointed collar.  His suit is more tailored to his physique and he wears a famous bowler hat of the time period.  This tintype is 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

Our second tintype is much smaller in size, 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.  You can just see the wide, colorful tie in the v between his collar and vest.  Another 1880’s photograph.

Our next two photos are unusual sized cards of the late 1880’s to 1890’s  measuring 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″, instead of the 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ of the more popular cabinet cards.  In addition to the unusual size the dark green and black card backgrounds were used only 1884-1895.  Both use studio backgrounds and props.  1886 saw the use of large fake rocks.

I believe it is the first time I have seen men holding a cigarette or slim cigar – hard to tell which it is.  In the above photo the cigarette is actually lit.  The stylish gentleman above wears a dapper hat and sports a mustache.  Quite a man about town.

This is the only photograph that is identified.  Please meet Andrew S. Leitch.  The photo was taken by Charles Keil’s Studio at 691 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

 Another sharply dressed gentleman.  His silk tie has a decorative pin in the knot.  Could you get any more props in this photo?  The animal skin rug was in use during the 1880’s.  This photo was taken in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s photos.  Do you have any photos that match any of this dates?


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.

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!

Adorable Children Photographed By T. C. Partridge

I have two photographs to share with you – two little ones.  Photos were taken on the same day, different poses.  These were taken from the large red photo album I purchased through Ebay.

Unfortunately there are no names on the photos.  The dresses are the same – a smocked upper bodice and cuffs, full sleeves and trim at the hem.  You know how I love little boots!

In my research I found little about T. C. Partridge.  He did have a studio in Sudbury from around 1888 to 1900.


Photographs by Nicholson and Sons in Crawfordsville Indiana

Sorry I’m a bit late this morning – have had problems with the internet!  Wasn’t quite like the commercials where I was in a ball on the floor crying, but did wonder about getting my blog posted!

Today I have four photographs taken by Nicholson and Sons located in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  Unfortunately I could find nothing on this photographer – although, according to the photos, he must have been in business for quite some time.  The first three are cabinet cards, the last an oval on a grey background.

scan227-1This dapper young gent is a good example of the 1870’s fashion which includes a more fitting jacket with smaller lapels and buttoned at the top.  This gave a great glimpse of the vest, which we are unable to see in this head and shoulders shot.  But look at his fantastic tie!  Very, very wide – perhaps the widest I’ve seen – but I love the fabric design!  If only the photo was in color!

scan228-1Wish this weren’t only a head shot – I wanted to see her dress!  Do you notice just a hint of smile on her lips?  Nice lace collar and brooch.  No way to date this photo – or is there?  We can’t date from the woman’s dress, but we do know that the scalloped edges, as shown on this photo, were from the late 1890’s and continued until 1900.  Now we can imagine the huge leg ‘o mutton sleeves that this woman probably was wearing!

scan229Just a lovely family photo, from the little one perched on the mother’s knee (hard to tell if it is a boy or girl since they were dressed much the same when little), to the handsome little boy and his parents!  According to the mother’s dress I would date this to the late 1880’s/early 1890’s.  But more importantly, the dark green color gives us a very important clue.  The previous two photos have a white or ivory background (sometimes hard to tell because of age!).  Dark colored cards were introduced in the late 1880’s.  Green is rarer than the more usual maroon and black.  You can see the name and address of the photographer better on the dark cards, so it was good for advertising!  In the late 1880’s the cards were colored only on the front, but by 1890 most cards had color front and back.

scan230Voila!  I believe this dates our photo as I suggested – late 1880’s to early 1890’s.  Since this back imprint covers the card and is rather intricate we can date it to our same time period.  Notice the card back gives specific instructions to find the studio – ‘First stairway east of Courthouse on Main Street.’

scan231-1Our last photo is of a lovely woman with a very high collar and brooch.  Just the color and size of the card indicates it to be taken around 1900.  I could not find much about Nicholson Photography (on this card the name is Nicholson’s Sons – probably the father has retired or possibly passed away by this point), but I did find a photograph exactly like the one above of Carrie Nation!  She visited Crawfordsville, Indiana, on July 4, 1901 – when this photo was taken!


1870-1880 Photos – Lexington, Kentucky

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One never knows when you might find something exciting in your own back yard!  I have been very interesting in purchasing a copy of Colonel George Chinn’s book, The History of Harrodsburg and “The Great Settlement Area” of Kentucky, 1774-1900.  I’ve checked on Ebay and Amazon with no luck.  So I called one of our local shops, J. Sampson Antiques and Books – on Main Street in Harrodsburg.  At that time there was not a copy available, but received a call this week that he had a pristine copy found over the weekend.  Most anxious to see the book I told him I would be there after work.  Not only did I purchase the Chinn book, but several others on Mercer County history.  Then I asked about old photographs.  Even though in number they were few, I found four photographs taken in Lexington, Kentucky; one in Georgetown; and one in Louisville.  I was thrilled!  So my blog to you today are these photographs, I believe from the 1870’s to 1880’s.

The above photo is of a young man very nicely dressed – I love his neckwear.  He is holding a riding whip, which perhaps he has nervously twisted while waiting to take the photo.  This is a carte-de-visite, the 2.5 x 4 inch photo taken from the 1860’s through the 1870’s.  On back it reads “Go to Butler’s Gallery for Photographs, No. 19 1/2 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky” – which is almost exactly where my daughter used to live in the high rise on Main Street!


The rest of the photos are cabinet cards – 4.25 x 6.5 inches.  This lovely woman has an interesting dress, but her brooch is most beautiful!  She almost has a smile on her face!  This photo was taken by Mullen Photography in Lexington.

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I love this photo!  The gentleman’s suit is a three-piece matching outfit.  His striped tie a nice compliment!  The fob attached to the man’s belt is not for a watch.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I believe there is an emblem on the lower part – perhaps a Mason or Odd Fellow fob?  This photo was taken by John’s Photography in Lexington.

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There is much beauty in this photograph of an older woman.  The sunken cheeks and tiny mouth remind me of my grandmother Hill!  It is impossible to see, but perhaps she braided her hair and wore it wound around at the back of her head in a bun – also like my grandmother.  Look at her hands – small and well-worn.  Although it’s always hard to say for certain, if this photo were taken in 1875 – this woman could have been born around the turn of the century.    On back is written, W. E. Johns, 55 E. Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky.  The previous photo was also taken by a Mr. John’s in Lexington, but there is nothing written on the back.  That would lead me to believe the previous photo was taken several years before this one.

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The next photo is of a very debonair young man whose photo was taken by Phipps Photography in Georgetown, Kentucky, just sixteen miles north of Lexington.  I like the elongated coat – and fastening just the top button, with a view of the vest and watch chain, is definitely an 1870’s style.  I’m not sure what the star on his lapel might represent.


And I saved the best for last!  This is the most adorable little girl!  And we know her name – Anna Kilsal Wilde!  Look at the plump arms and feet – and the one little foot resting on a pillow!  The white lace dress is gorgeous!  Her sweet little face and hair just complete the picture!  This photo was taken by Veasy, The Doerr Gallery, at 12th and Market Streets, Louisville, Kentucky.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the gallery show of Kentuckians today!  Please let me know if you recognize anyone in these photos – or know anything about Anna Kilsal Wilde!

Mens Fashions 1860-1890


Photographed by G. W. Squires, 14 State Street, Rochester, New York

I have many oohs and aahs when I share ladies photos with you – and, let’s be honest – their clothing styles are more varied and beautiful.  But, with just a little more attention, we can see that men’s fashions have varied over the years and are quite attractive – including their handsome faces!

Today I am sharing eight photos with you, the first three are carte-de-visite, the small 2.5 x 4 inch photos popular in the 1860’s – especially during the Civil War –  through the 1870’s.  At that time the cabinet card became popular, a bit larger photo at 4.5 x 6.5 inches, and lasted from 1870 to 1900.  The last five photos are cabinet cards.


Photographed by R. A. Lewis, 152 Chatham Street, New York

Back to our first two photos.  Notice that the coat seems over-sized.  During the 1850’s to 1860’s this was the style.  The lapels are also wide.  And coats are much longer – knee-length!  These two gentleman are wearing cravats – the precursor of our modern necktie.  During this time period, 1800-1860, cravats were all the fashion, and there were even publications that gave instructions on the proper way to tie a cravat.


Miss C. Smith, Photographer, 104 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts

This photo, although still a carte-de-visite, is a later version – as you can see by the clothing, probably taken in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s.  In this time period men’s fashions became slimmer and fit more to the body.  This was also the time period for the tiny lapels, as above, and generally only the first button or two was buttoned, giving a glimpse of the waistcoat and watch fob.  The necktie is almost hidden.  Miss C. Smith was the photographer for this gentleman, a rarity!


Fitton Photography, 345 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

This gentleman’s coat is still of the 1880’s, small lapels, buttoned top button, but it is of a tweed material.  The longer mustache gives him character!


A. E. Dumble, Photographer, 44 State Street, Rochester, New York

The date on the back of this photo is 1889.  It also says, This Negative Preserved.  Prints from it at any time.  Portraits in Crayon and India Ink.  All copies of Daguerreotypes, Photographs, etc., are made under our personal supervision and are finished with special care.  Bring your old pictures to be copied, to us.  Successful portraits of the most difficult subjects.  All negatives made by instantaneous process.  Special care with Children.

This gentleman reminds me of an artist – I think it’s his facial hair!  And the look in his eye!


Lee Photography, York, Nebraska

York, Nebraska, is only 32 miles from Fillmore, Nebraska, where my husband’s maternal grandparents lived and died.  Perhaps this could be a relative!

These last three photos are from 1890-1900.  The suits fit well, the coats are generally open, with waistcoat showing, white starched shirts are the norm, as are generally wide neckties.


J. M. Hoskins, Photographer, Mount Morris, Illinois

This young gentleman is very dapper.  I love his necktie!


Gribble Photography, Fostoria, Ohio

This is perhaps my favorite photo of the group.  How dramatic – the eyes!  The mustache!  And his charming white bow tie!