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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.

Couple Celebrating Anniversary?

Isn’t this an excellent photograph?  The older couple is still very handsome.  Due to the flowers pinned to their clothes I feel this must be an important event for them – such as an anniversary celebration.

From their clothing I would date this photo to late 1880’s or early 1890’s – the high collar of the woman’s dress, and her slightly enhanced upper sleeves are from that date, as well as the man’s high-buttoned suit coat.  From the bottom of the card we see they were from Geneva, Indiana.  A Mr. Gregg took the photo, but I could find nothing about him.

The foil stamped imprint of the photographer’s name dates this photo to 1890-1900, which corresponds to the date of their clothing.

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.

Carnival Era Tintypes

This photograph is a tintype, of the same size as a carte-de-visite photograph on a card – 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.  The very early tintypes were encased in little black cases lined with red velvet.  From about 1864 to 1900 it was realized that tintypes could survive without the case, so many were delivered in decorative paper covers or envelopes.  This is the case with this photo, as shown below.  Out of the case you can see the wear and tear on the photo over the years.

By the 1890s, many tintypes were taken at seaside resorts, county fairs and carnivals.  Since they were produced so quickly, these tintypes became a popular memento of a favorite outing.  And, of course, they could also be made in a photographer’s studio.

Unfortunately we do not know the woman’s name shown here.  She has a rather old-fashioned hair style, but looks very neat in her over-sleeves trimmed with lace, and the same bit of lace on the collar.  It is difficult to impossible to date these tintypes without a cover sleeve.  Since this photo does have a sleeve, we know the photographer is Ritter L. C. Rambo, Practical Photographer, 4080 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Woodson Phillips

Let me introduce you to Woodson Phillips!  This handsome gentleman looks very relaxed in this sturdy chair – looks similar to the one my grandmother had her photograph taken in, about the same time – 1915.  He is very debonair with his suit, tie and pin.  The light colored vest is a good choice with the dark suit.

Unfortunately there is no photographer name and address.  But we can still enjoy this likeness of a handsome man from 100 years ago.

Two Little Beauties From Flint Michigan

Aren’t these two little girls adorable?  So sweet in their matching outfits – muffs, coats, hats, white hair bow and shoes!  How I wish we knew their names!

This photo was taken in Flint, Michigan – at a time when there were not the problems the city is having now.  How can such a tragedy happen?  And to children who are just as sweet and adorable as these two.

Chandler Photography was the studio where this photograph was taken.  With a bit of research I found there were three photographers in Flint, Michigan, by that name, but only one located on East Street, as marked on front of the photo – Cassius E. Chandler.  He was born July 25, 1875, the son of John and Jane Chandler.  Cassius was a photographer from 1909, but was located at 528 East Street 1929-1931, which was when this photograph was taken.  The backing for the photograph is very much like others I have from this time period.

Lace and Roses at Her Throat

Don’t you love this photo – such a beautiful lace shawl or collar, with roses pinned to the front.  This photo was probably taken in the late 1890’s or early 1900’s.  It is a cabinet photo 6.5×4.25, taken by Burnette Studio, Albion, New York.  I’m happy to share with you the photo of this lovely lady!