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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!

1900-1906 Family Photograph

I love this family photograph.  First, there are ten family members included – father, mother and children?  Or are there husbands/wives included?  The mother wears the large leg ‘o mutton sleeves of the late 1890’s.  Most of the younger women are more fashionable dressed, in the white lacy blouses and skirts of the early years of the 20th century.  The gentlemen wear a variety of ties and collars.

This truly looks as if this photograph was taken in their home.  The wallpaper is of the time period, and very bright.  There are real curtains at the window, and a piano to the left.  Two large photos hang on the wall – a woman and a man.  Perhaps parents or grandparents of this family?  Notice the feathered fan attached to one of the photos.

I’m not sure about the frame on the right side – with a dove at top it could be a death memorial, although there is something that looks like an anchor in the center – could it be a war memorial?

This is a large photograph, 8 x 6 inches, mounted on a grey cardboard backing that adds an additional two inches on each side.  It is warped and has water damage.  I could just make out the photographer’s name, embossed on bottom right.  This wonderful photo was taken by James Ezra Crill who had a studio in North Manchester, Indiana, Wabash County, from 1900 through 1906.  His studio was located on West Main Street.  I believe he and his family moved from the area in 1906.