“A Galician Family”

UPDATE: Detail image added below. Galicia was a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire created from land taken from Poland during the First Partition of Poland in 1772.  It ceased to exist as an administrative entity after the First World War with the dismantling of Austria-Hungary.  Most of the territory was incorporated into the new Republic... Continue Reading →

Bedtime

"Now I lay me down to sleep" Stereoviews often portrayed scenes of domestic life, with people in costumes and staged settings.  Such narrative scenes were generally meant to entertain or amuse.  Some, especially the ones with children, were designed to touch a sentimental chord in the viewer.  The subject of children saying bedtime prayers was... Continue Reading →

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 →

Automate à musique (WWI)

This German Feldpost (field/military) postcard is dated Aug. 19, 1916.  Infantrymen are being entertained by a man in civilian clothes holding a music box with the words "Automate à musique" on the front.  Perched calmly on top of the music box is a black and white cat.  A second man in civilian clothes stands a... Continue Reading →

Lessons in the grass

This postcard came from the estate of Hazel Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  As a girl, Hazel Alberts attended Seattle Seminary, a Free Methodist college preparatory school.  College-level classes were introduced in 1910, and in 1915 the school's name was changed to Seattle Pacific College.  For more information about Hazel and her family, please see the page... Continue Reading →

“Two Good Friends”

This snapshot is in a small album I bought in Cornish, Maine.  The cover of the album has a dedication: "To Dad from Burt and Alice, Christmas 1909."  Each page in the album has a photo glued to it and a title written in a neat hand under the photo.

A happy family and their truck

This is a snapshot of a family sitting on their early Autocar truck (probably a Type XXI).  The truck has a Pennsylvania license plate with the year 1923.  Newer Autocar models came with inflatable tires, but this one still has the hard rubber kind.  Everyone seems content, though--even the dog.

Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt

This postcard appears to contain Theodore Roosevelt in Rough Rider uniform, complete with sword, at far right with his niece, Eleanor, standing next to him.  I haven't been able to identify the others in the photo, despite looking at hundreds of Roosevelt family photos online.  Eleanor was born in 1884 and Theodore was inaugurated Vice... Continue Reading →

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