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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!

Little Brother and Sister Photograph

Isn’t this an adorable photograph?  Tiny brother and sister, arms linked, standing in Mahan & Keller’s Photography Studio, 1427 Ridge Avenue, in Philadelphia.  Both are dressed in the late 1860’s/1870’s fashion for children.  The girl’s plaid dress with white lace collar and lace pantalettes is so sweet.  And the little boy, with his outfit, similar to little Lord Fauntleroy, is just as cute.  His parted and combed hair is just as precise as his sister’s.

Mahan & Keller Photography were at the above address, I believe, since 1842.  In the Important Events of the Century:  Containing Historical and Important Events During the Last 100 Years, published by the US Central Publishing Company in 1876, the bi-centennial year, Mahan & Keller are listed on the page 343, under Philadelphia’s Leading Business Houses.

This photo is a carte-de-visite, 4×2.5.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

How many times have we been told we are just like our mother – especially those of us of the female sex!  The two photos I share with you today must be mother and daughter.  Not only is their physical resemblance very much alike, but their pose in the photos, their clothing – and the fact that both photos have been trimmed in exactly the same place – probably to be put in photo albums or frames – means they are of the same family.

I would date these carte-de-visite photos (2.5 x 4 inches) to the early 1870’s.  This is the beginning of the narrower skirt, no hoops, and the beginning of the bustle!  Mother and daughter both wear a jacket with long sleeves, a stand-up collar with a white collar beneath, and white at the end of the sleeves.  The girls cuffs are made of the same matching material as the bottom of her jacket and a trim around the upper thigh of her skirt.  The mother’s jacket and skirt are very similar, except her trim appears to be of a satin material.

Our subjects are posed standing behind a chair, with their hands resting on it.  The cloth on the chair is the same in both photos.  Notice the fingers on their right hand – almost exact!  Their ears appear very similar, too.

And the photos were both taken by J. H. Meyer, No. 465 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Oh, for only a name written on the back!

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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!

CDV Couple Photos – 1870-1896

Photos taken in Vienna, Austria

The following photos were taken in Austria – between the years of 1870-1896.  The couples in these photos are quite handsome – some in traveling clothes and others in dress attire.  Enjoy moments from a time long ago!


Gisela and Alfred V. Rarrel, photo taken in 1896 by L. Grillich in Wahring, Austria – in northwestern Vienna, on the edge of the Vienna Woods.  On back in German – To dear Pintschi at Christmas 1896.


Could this be a wedding photo – that’s a very large bouquet!  Josef and Antonia Orebhueff – very difficult to read!  Taken in 1875.


Josef Kuntner and Frosrt – very difficult to read!  Taken by Julius Gertinger, Margarethenstrasse, Vienna, 1875.


This woman’s outfit is exceptional – from the well-fitting coat to the lovely travel skirt, to the fur muff she carries and the bonnet perched on her head!  Photo taken by A. Huber in Vienna, March 18, 1892.


These two look ready for a night on the town!  Perhaps a night at the opera?  Photo taken in Vienna by Jean Herbst.  Date on back of card 1868.


Definitely an 1870’s photo!  This dress is amazing – ruffles, ruching, added trim and, of course, the bustle!  Both the man and woman have extraordinary hair!  Taken in Vienna by Joh. Hahn.



Ritchey and I have just returned from a relaxing trip to the beach!  Blogs were posted daily, but few photos were posted on Kentucky Kindred Facebook!  Sometimes EVERYTHING has to take a back seat!  Even genealogy!

But I was not totally negligent – we visited several antique stores and bought over 100 old photos – about half the 2 1/2 and 4 inch carte de visite photos, taken between approximately 1860 and 1879.  The others were cabinet card photos, 4 1/4 X 6 1/2 inches, generally taken between the early 1870’s to almost 1900.  And I did find three tintypes.


The two cabinet cards I will share with you today have no names listed on back, but since they are both taken by J. M. Hosking in Mount Morris, Illinois, and the girls have similar dresses and flowers, I feel they are sisters.  What do you think?


Was this a special occasion?  Or was it just a trip to the photographer?  Perhaps one of you will know – or at least recognize these lovely young ladies!

Elmina Caroline Phillips McIntosh


One of the photographs we found while on our genealogy travels the end of March.  Don’t you love a photo that has, not only the name, but the maiden name, also!  Elmina Caroline Phillips McIntosh – what a grand name, and with Elmina as a first name, not that ordinary!  I put a search in ancestry.com and what did I find?  Elmina, living in Barrington, Illinois, just as listed on the back of the photo!

Elmina was born March 16, 1824, to Reuel Phillips, Jr., and Sarah Landers.  Reuel was from Connecticut and Sarah from New York.  Elmina married Millius Benjamin McIntosh in 1846.  He was born January 6, 1817, in New York, also.  In the 1850 census they are listed in Guilderland, Albany County, New York, but in the 1870 census they are in Barrington,  Cook County, Illinois, where they remain until their deaths.

As always, so much can be learned from the census records.  In 1900, still living in Cook County, Elmina and Millius are listed as having been married 54 years.  Of the 8 children they had only three were still living – Emma Jane, M. Clark and F. W.  Millius’ father was born in New York, while his mother was born in New Hampshire.

Elmina and Millius both died in the year 1908 – she on May 22nd at the age of 84 – and he on August 30th at the age of 91.

I believe the photo was taken about 1870.  It is a CDV or carte-de-visite photo, 2 1/2 x 4 inches, popular around the time of the Civil War and into the very early 1870’s.