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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.

1886-1893 Louisville Cabinet Card Photograph

I have a photograph to share with you today that I hope you will see as beautiful.  Some may see this woman as old, worn out and wrinkled.  But I love photos of old people.  You can see lines on their faces and hands that show they have lived life – sometimes it is harsh, sometimes kinder, but I always try to guess what their life was like.

To date this photo, we need to find out more about the man who took it.  J. M. Gregory, of Louisville, Kentucky (another reason I favor this photo!), first appears in the Louisville city directories in 1870-1872, at a studio at 78 West Main Street.  In 1873 and 74, he appears at 114 Market Street.  After a pause of several years he is in the city directory for 1880-81 at 104 Fourth Street, then 1882-83 at 613 W. Market.  In 1886, he again shows up at 810 W. Market – which is the address on this photo – and remains there through 1893.  Afterwards there is no information about him in the Louisville city directories.  Therefore, this photo was taken between 1886-1893.

This woman has the white hair that comes with great age.  Isn’t it amazing that she has lived such a long life, particularly during this time period?  From the perils of childbirth to the many illnesses that today could be cured, even in the 1880’s to 90’s something that seems trivial today could be deadly.  She looks rather sad, but that was not unusual in the day.  Her hands are those of someone who has worked all their life – washing clothes, weeding the garden, cooking meals, sewing – all those usual chores that come with being a wife and mother.  Her clothes are not fancy, but look sturdy and useful.  No jewelry, not even a wedding ring.  At this point in her life she was someone’s wife, mother, grandmother, even possibly great-grandmother.  Perhaps she had this photo made at the wishes of her family – to have a remembrance to cherish.

1880’s Style Photo

I simply love this photo!  It is a great example of 1880’s style – probably mid 80’s.  The tight curls at the forehead are definitely from this time period – they used a hot curling iron, much as we do today.  The pleated skirt also indicates the mid 1880’s.

This is quite a beautiful dress – I love all the buttons.  The lace collar and cuffs are very ornate with flowers and leaves, and give a feminine touch to the outfit.  Her jewelry lets everyone know she is a well-to-do woman.

This photograph was taken by W. A. Hopkins in Darlington, Wisconsin.