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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.

Photograph of Handsome Young Man

I love this photo – such a handsome young man.  Unfortunately there is no name listed.  I can tell you his photo was taken in Blue Rapids, Kansas, by Hann Photography.  The photo is on a grey card, with the name of the photographer embossed underneath.  I would date this to the mid 1890’s, most specifically because it is embossed.

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.