This CDV was made by George C. Hunter of Chebanse, a small town just south of Chicago. A note on the back says, "Lovingly, Kittie. Nov 9th, 1882." According to U.S. Census data found on the Wikipedia page of Chebanse, in 1880 the village had a population of 723. In 1890 the population had dropped... Continue Reading →
This bonnie lass was photographed by O. Frank Stafford in Minneapolis. According to the Minnesota Historical Society's "Directory of Minnesota Photographers," his studio was at the address on this cabinet card from 1896 to 1901.
This photograph was taken in Watertown, New York, a few miles from Lake Ontario and only 31 miles from the Canadian border. The name of the studio at the bottom of the cabinet card looks like "Gray," but I have yet to find a record of a photographer there by that name.
This postcard is well-traveled. I bought it online from someone in Latvia, who told me he had taken it from an album he had bought on a trip to Romania. The message on the back of the postcard is written in German, so he assumed the photo had been sent from Germany to relatives in... Continue Reading →
This is the second photo on this blog showing a family in the UK in their garden with racquets. Well, only one racquet, but they seem to be having plenty of fun, anyway. This is a cabinet card, while the photo I uploaded a month ago was a smaller carte-de-visite (Tennis and tea in Hampshire,... Continue Reading →
The title of this post is a little presumptuous, but the elegant dress worn by the young woman in this portrait reminds me of snowflakes on a deep winter's night in New England. She's also wearing an engagement ring, but the focus isn't clear enough to see it in detail. Northampton is home to Smith... Continue Reading →
This cabinet card portrait came from the same antique photo dealer in Arkansas that the ladies in boater hats did in the previous post. An inscription on the back says simply, "Judge Stephen Reaves." According to his obituary and other articles published at the time of his death, Stephen Reaves (1816-1905) practiced law in... Continue Reading →
This small cabinet card came from Arkansas but has no information on it. The three women on the left might be sisters. These ladies look like they should be singing on a stage!
In this photo the coworkers from the previous post have been joined by four more men. The man at far right may be an owner or manager. The four women who stood arm-in-arm in the previous photo are now seated together in front. Here you can see the photo in high resolution:
This cabinet card contains a group of coworkers at an unidentified location. A man at lower right is conspicuously holding what appears to be a screwdriver. The man at far left is wearing an apron with something dark on it, perhaps oil or ink. The man next to him is holding a pencil. Between them... Continue Reading →
This family is mostly serious but not entirely humorless. There's no Gothic window, but I think Grant Wood might have enjoyed this image nevertheless. Titles were sometimes added permanently to photographs by writing directly on a negative. Because the negative is a reverse of the image, the writing had to be done in reverse as... Continue Reading →