This photo of two lovely women has a bit of a mystery about it. We do not know the names of these two women, or their relationship. If I had to guess I would say they are mother and daughter. This photo was taken about 1885, by Conley Brothers in Celina, Ohio. The high collars and curled front hair give us a clue to the time period.
The most interesting part is what is written on back – ‘Found in brother Cum’s pocket after his death.’ How interesting that this gentleman would have this photo with him, and possibly carried it with him for a good number of years. What was his relationship to the women in the photo? Since the author did not write who these women are, I take it they did not know. Is one a long lost love? Could the daughter be his child? I know, I’m letting my imagination run wild. But it does raise questions!
I have the cutest photo to share with you today! Fourteen children evidently born one just after the other! Can you imagine all those little boots lined up at night! The oldest is possibly fifteen or sixteen – the others are stairsteps down the line to the infant held by one of the girls. All the older children are girls – it is always harder to tell with the little ones since they were usually dressed the same from about three or four and younger. Do you think their mother made their clothes?
This is a postcard photo. On back, in the area where it says ‘Place stamp here’, in the corners around it are four triangles, face up, with AZO in lettering, on each side, between the triangles. This actually tells the postcard stock used. This particular paper was from Eastman Kodak, and was used for 1904-1918.
What a wonderful glimpse of a bygone era!
So excited to share this photograph of a beautiful woman with you! Even though we have only a head and shoulders shot we get a good idea of her dress. The early nineties were a time of high collars. From the Ladies’ Home Journal of August 1890 came, ‘To permit one’s neck to show in daytime is bad form.’ She wears a dark choker around her throat, the only visible jewelry. The trim of the 1890’s was often concentrated on the bodice, and we can see this at the bottom of the photo. The fabric of the bodice is heavily embroidered with tiny pearls in the shape of roses. The buttons from the throat to the bodice are very decorated and set close together. The upper sleeves give a hint at the ‘gigot’ sleeve to come later in the decade.
The uneven scalloped edges of this photo date from 1887-1894, another sign of the early ’90’s!
Albert Marton, photographer, was listed in the Bloomington census of 1880 as 28 years of age, single, born in Prussia; with him lived three siblings – Tena, 26, sister, also born in Prussia; Lewis, 21 and Henry, 18, both born in the United States. Albert must have been very successful at his profession as he wrote A New Treatise on the Modern Methods of Carbon Printing in 1905.
Not only did Ritchey and I walk through many cemeteries on our trip, we did walk through one antique mall to look for old photos. The above postcard photo shows three woman – Jean, Nellie and Bella. Isn’t it nice to know their names?
Postcard photos were introduced in 1903, and became quite popular by 1906. Many of the old postcards have a design in the area to attach a stamp for mailing, and the design can be used to date the card. This particular postcard has no such designation, but it does have the name and address of the photographer – Whyte & Sons, 20 Union St., Glasgow, Scotland. Originally this company began with the father, James Whyte, and after 1906 it became known as Whyte and Sons. I would probably date this photo to about 1910.
Isn’t this a lovely couple from the very early 1900’s? They look a bit shy – could this have been their wedding day? No veil or flowers, though. I particularly love the woman’s hairstyle and the gentleman’s mustache. Mr. Charlie and wife is written on back.
This photo was taken by A. H. Houff, in Henderson, North Carolina.
This is one of the few photographs I have that has a name listed on back. This is Elmina Walmer. At first I thought it was a maiden name, but you can see a wedding ring on her left hand, so perhaps she married a Walmer. Either way, she wears an 1886 dress (give or take a few years!). I found a photo in my copy of Joan Severa’s Dressed for the Photographer with the pleated underskirt, overskirt raised in the back, tight sleeves and bodice – and a multitude of buttons down the front. An almost exact replica of the dress Elmina is wearing and the photo is dated 1886.
This photograph was taken by M. E. Bare, Photographer, in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (Dauphin County).
What a handsome wedding party! The bride and her ladies in their beautiful white lace and ruffles. The men in their dark jackets and boutonnieres. Unfortunately there are no names, and not even the name of the photographer – this photo has been trimmed. However, we can still enjoy this happy memory from a bygone day!