Friday, February 9, 2018

Nellie Frances Pease, Worcester, Massachusetts 1880's

The back reads:
"Nellie Frances Pease
Father's sister.
He had two sisters-
Ida Elizabeth Pease
and Nellie"

Nellie Frances Pease was born in 1861 to parents Edward and Theda Pease. Just as it says on the back of the photo, Nellie had two siblings: Ida Elizabeth, born 1867, and Edward Emory, born 1869. This picture looks like it was taken in the 1880's, so Nellie would have been in her early 20's here. She died in 1891 at the age of 30.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Archie and Wife, Los Angeles, California 1910's

The back reads:
"I will send you a picture
we had taken one night.
Now don't laugh but if
the rats are bad just
stick this up and they
won't bother any more
I went down town
one night and met
Archie when he got
off from work and
?? we running around
and first dropped in and
had a half dozen made.
While waiting Archie
was not feeling well. I think
the work is rather hard on
him. God my face is so large
but thought I would send
you one so you
all have something to laugh
about. ha! ha! Write soon."

The AZO stamp box on the back of this photo dates it between 1904-1918, most likely the 1910's based on the clothing. The only name we have here is "Archie", presumably the man in the picture, who is posing with a woman who we can assume wrote the inscription on the back. We may not know the identities of these people, but we have a few interesting clues. Archie's pin reads "Los Angeles Railway 2398" and his cap reads "conductor". The Los Angeles Railway was a streetcar system that operated between 1901 and 1963.

If you know who this couple may be, let us know in the comments!

Friday, January 19, 2018

W.E. Hall, Alliance, Nebraska 1890's

There were no names, dates, or locations on this photograph other than what is seen in the picture: "W.E. Hall Meat Market". By searching through old newspapers, I found that the W.E. Hall Meat Market was located in Alliance, Nebraska. The man in the photo is likely Hall himself, along with his wife and children.

William Ellsworth Hall was born in Carroll, Iowa in 1864 to parents James and Sarah Hall. In 1884 he married Catherine Luella Banks and the couple had 4 children: Minnie, Mignon, Ward, and Vivian. In the 1900 census, William Hall is listed as a "cattle raiser". Hall died in 1901, probably not long after this photograph was taken. According to the Alliance Herald, the meat market was acquired by Edward S. Wildy in 1902. Catherine went on to become a dressmaker and died in 1938.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sadie M Kopf 1910's, Kansas

This photo does not provide many clues other than the name, but I believe the Sadie M. Kopf here is Sadie Marie Kopf of Kansas, born 1904. She married Roy Dennis Self, with whom she had five children. In this photo, Sadie is wearing an unusually long knit cap- I've never seen one like it before!

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

You may also have noticed the new "donate" button at the top of the page- there's no pressure to donate! This is simply so that I might have an easier time buying photographs this year and so that I can post more regularly. Even just a couple dollars is helpful! :)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Grafton Porch 1890's, Johnstown, Pennsylvania


I've decided to start off the new year with a baby photo!

This little boy is Grafton Porch, the son of Annie Lehrman and George Porch, a physician. Grafton was the youngest of four children. As an adult, he became a druggist and married twice, first to Priscilla May Ross (who died of pneumonia in 1925), and then to Opal Miller. He went on to serve in both WW1 and WW2.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Found Family

Hey everyone! I thought I would finish off 2017 with a few of the photographs I've been able to return to families this year. Most of the time, I am able to contact family members before I even post the photo- I typically find them through or ancestry.

 These two photos are of Margaret Davis Doughty and of Rosa and John Doughty with their sons, Oliver and Bill. Margaret was the wife of Oliver. The pictures were found in an antique store in Galveston, TX. I contacted Elizabeth, a descendant of the Doughty family, through Find a Grave and returned them in January.

 In October, I purchased over 30 photographs of the Burkett/Blunk family in Jefferson, TX. Above are just a couple of these: A picture of Vina Burkett Blunk and family, and a picture of  Garrett and Amelia Burkett, Vina's parents. I found a direct descendant of the Burkett's, Cindy, also through Find a Grave. I was able to return all of the photographs last week.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who reads this blog and loves old photographs. I hope to return many, many more in 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Women in the Snow, 1920's

This is a snapshot of two fashionable women standing outside on a very snowy day. It is likely from the 1920's.

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year- stay warm!