Saturday, June 11, 2016

Riley and Rose Ridgway 1890s, Illinois

This couple is George Riley and Rose Ridgway, married in 1893, around when this picture was likely taken.  George was a farmer and later a Methodist minister. He and Rose had five children: Huron, Thomas, Lilly, Oral, and Fern.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Maria Santana de Reyna 1940, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

"agosto 11- 1940
San Luis Potosi
Sr Catarino Santana
hermano aqui te mando mi
retrato como cariño de tu
Maria S de Reyna"

(very) Rough Translation:

"August 11- 1940
San Luis Potosi
Mr. Catarino Santana
I send my brother this
portrait, your loving
Maria S de Reyna"

This is a picture postcard of Maria (Santana) de Reyna. Maria was born in 1908 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Francisco and Anizeta Santana. She had a younger sister, Guadalupe, and an older brother Catarino, who she is writing to here. Unfortunately I can't find anything else about her after 1930, though I'm assuming she married since her name has changed to Reyna.

If you know anything else about this woman, let us know in the comments!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Unknown Bride and Groom 1930's, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

These lovely people don't have names, but I do know the photograph was taken in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and was found in a box with another photograph from there of Jess and Frank Cook- I wonder if they're related. The bride has a big bouquet of calla lilies which was especially popular during the 1930's, as was the long train on her dress.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Found Family: Munselle Family 1900's, Texas

I was recently able to return this photograph after coming across a page about the Munselle family on while doing some research. I contacted Nancy and she confirmed that these were indeed her ancestors. The family lived in Bangs, Texas around the time this photo was taken. Lawrence (Zona) and wife Ada Shipp had three children: Leland, Joe Howard, and Mark, who is listed on the back but was likely born after the picture was taken.

 I'm glad I was able to safely return the photograph to its family!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Aunt Jess and Uncle Frank Cook 1900's Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Jessie Rowe and Frank Cook were married in 1902 and had two sons, Robert F and Clifton R. In 1910, Frank was a house painter and in 1920, he was a janitor for a post office. Judging by Jess's hairstyle, this is definitely early 1900's and could have been a wedding portrait.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Women Out for a Walk 1940's-50's

"To our only
girl cousin
Love ya,
Nell and Ca????"

Though there aren't any last names or locations on this photo that might help identify the subjects, I couldn't help but love it. This is an almost candid shot, the women with their feet stepping forward, breeze blowing their hair as they stroll down a busy street. The woman on the left holds a purse and what looks like shopping bag. I'm trying to determine based on their clothes and hair whether this is from the 1940's or 50's. What do you think?

If you know who these ladies may be, let us know in the comments!