This is the first tintype I've put on the blog. Though darker than photos printed on paper, tintypes were inexpensive to produce and more durable than paper, which made them quite popular in the 1860s and 1870s. Soldiers carried them during the American Civil War. They could be produced easily in a mobile studio, so... Continue Reading →
Vermonters and other New Englanders have traditionally been considered industrious, pragmatic and thrifty. Vermont is an agricultural state with no major cities. Hardscrabble family farms, called hill farms, were the norm for much of the state's history. The man in this portrait looks to me like a hard-working, no-nonsense farmer who doesn't take days off... Continue Reading →
Fabyan House was a grand resort hotel in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Completed in 1873, it was named after Horace Fabyan, who had operated a hotel on the same site called the Mount Washington House, which had burned in 1853. Fabyan House had 250 rooms for up to 500 guests. It had its own... Continue Reading →
The back of this postcard has a note: "Connie Richards, friend of Aurore (Chaillé) Marotte." Aurore is easy to find in Census records, but Connie eluded me. In 1920 Aurore B. Marotte (age 25) was living with her husband, Adelard, and her siblings in the home of her father, Azaire Chaillé, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. ... Continue Reading →
UPDATE: Albin Lindall is most likely the man standing at right. I found a passport photo of him on Ancestry.com that was taken some years later, when he was 29. Albin Lothard Lindall was born in Parkers Prairie in 1890, and the passport was issued in 1919, when he was a doctor and a lieutenant... Continue Reading →
Built in 1914 at Swindon Works in Wiltshire, England, the steam locomotive Princess Victoria (4048) remained in service until 1953. On February 28, 1922, HRH Princess Mary was to marry Viscount Lascelles, future Earl of Harewood, and a locomotive was required for the royal train. The logical choice would have been an existing engine in... Continue Reading →
I had never heard of Jean Ingelow before I saw this carte-de-visite, but her pose and expression charmed me. It was made by the studio of Elliott & Fry in London, where she lived and worked. The daughter of an English banker and a Scottish mother, she was the oldest of ten children. Jean Ingelow... Continue Reading →
This carte-de-visite was made by the studio of Albert Baron & César Mitkewicz in Brussels (Bruxelles), Belgium. The mother's gaze engages the viewer while the father's seems unfocused. The two sisters pose affectionately as the younger one reads from a book.
These men appear to have come out of the building behind them to pose for an impromptu group photograph. Intriguingly, two of them are holding tools of their trade, whatever that was. One of those men is also holding a round object with the year 1875 written on it, along with the number 60, the... Continue Reading →
This CDV came from the town of Kettering in England. My guess would be that it belonged originally to a family associated with a British diplomatic mission in the Middle East or North Africa. India is also a possibility.
This charming little CDV came from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, but has no information on it to confirm its origin. The girls are elegantly dressed and must have come from relatively well-to-do families. After scanning the photo I noticed that one of the girls is of African or mixed-race heritage. I love the fact that the school's... Continue Reading →
This postcard was made by Walter Scott of Bradford, West Yorkshire. I count 33 men and 27 women in the group, with a range of ages. Two men are wearing clerical collars. Potted plants can be seen in the building. People are looking out through the bay windows on either side of the central window. ... Continue Reading →