“Princess Victoria” renamed “Princess Mary” for one day (Feb. 28, 1922)

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 →

Nanny and little girl

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.

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 →

Pause in the workday (2 of 2)

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:    

Young nun in Bourgogne

This ethereal CDV portrait was made by A. Brossut of Digoin, Bourgogne (Burgundy).  The young woman isn't identified.  I found a few references online to "A. Brossut, éditeur," but no other information about the photographer.  

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 →

Amanda Sanford, M.D. (1883)

An inscription in pencil on the back of this carte-de-visite says simply: "Dr. Sanford 1883."  She was easy to identify, and her individual story is fascinating and inspiring.  I also learned that Dr. Sanford's life and career were closely connected to those of other pioneering women in medicine and in other fields who supported and... Continue Reading →

Breaking and sorting rocks (1891)

This unusual image shows a group of men engaging in the labor-intensive process of breaking rocks into pieces and sorting them by size for use in road construction.  A small smokestack in the background indicates that a steam engine powered the conveyor which carried pieces of rock up to a sorting sieve.  

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