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!
Several days ago I shared the name of a book Ritchey and I found when we were at Glover’s Bookery in Lexington – Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Kentucky. Today I share with you one of the photographs included in this book – and a re-creation we attempted.
The above is a picture of Captain Philip B. Thompson standing on the spot on old Seminary Hill where once stood the log house which constituted part of the old fort. Captain Thompson, now in his eighty-first year, attended school on the old Seminary Hill, also called Old Fort Hill, as early as 1828, and at that time there remained two buildings of the Old Fort, one being two-story, the other a one-story addition. The number of cabins in the fort or its dimensions either way is nowhere preserved. A census was taken on the second day of September, 1777, at which time the population of Harrod’s Fort was 198.
The little white house beside the church is the home of a sweet woman of 84 years – we met her today for the first time while we were taking photos. She looks about twenty years younger! She has lived in that house all her life and told us much about the history of the area. The church burned quite some years ago, and was rebuilt, resulting in the building we see today – therefore different from the first photo taken in 1904. The fort actually stood in the parking lot that is to the left of the church. I’m not sure exactly where Captain Thompson stood to get the church and house in the old photo. But let us just say our photo is a close representation! Ritchey is standing in the yard of the recreated fort, with the cemetery behind him.
I have a lovely wedding photo to share with you today! The lovely bride and handsome groom look ready to take on whatever life has to offer – hopefully it was a good life with many happy memories.
The photograph was taken by Pulaski Photo Art Company, 957 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
This beautiful woman is from Arbroath, Scotland. The huge sleeves are from the late 1890’s. The high neckline and rosettes are also from this time period. She has just a sense of sadness on her face, but that is not unusual.
The photo was taken by Geddes and Son Photographers in Arbroath. Arbroath was a Pict village from the Iron Age. William the Lion built an Abbey there in 1178. The village was very small for many years, The Declaration of Arbroath was signed in the Abbey in 1380, after the Battle of Bannockburn, by 38 Scottish Lords who agreed to the independence of Scotland. The Abbey, although a ruin today, is a popular tourist attraction.