Nanny and little girl

I bought this carte-de-visite from a dealer in Kettering, 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.

School dog and her charges (UK)

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 →

Celtic spirit in Minneapolis

UPDATE: I had assumed the clothing in this photo was Scottish, but someone said the design of the bottom of the dress looks more Irish.  Any insights from visitors would be appreciated! This bonnie lass was photographed by O. Frank Stafford in Minneapolis.  According to the Minnesota Historical Society's "Directory of Minnesota Photographers," his studio... Continue Reading →

A racket in the garden

This is the second photo on this blog showing a family in the UK in their garden with rackets.  Well, only one racket, 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 →

Judge Stephen Reaves of Tyler, Texas

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 →

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