Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vera Usleton 1910's, Texas

I'm sorry for my unexpected absence, but I should be back to posting pictures as usual!

The young woman in this photograph is Vera Usleton and judging by her dress and hairstyle, it was taken in the late 1910's. The edge of the photo is slightly crimped as if it were pressed into a frame. After a little research, I found that she and her family lived on a farm in Kaufman, Texas. She had 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Unknown Young Woman, 1880's

Here is another unknown photograph, this time of a young woman. The photographer, Genelli, operated at 923 Olive Street in St. Louis from around 1885 to 1900. Her curly, frizzy bangs are very characteristic of the 80's, though her collar would have been more fashionable in the 70's.

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

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Swimming Family, 1910's

Here is a very candid snapshot of a family taking a dip in a lake from the 1910's. Almost makes me want to go for a swim!

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unknown Little Boy, 1860's

For the next few days, I'll be posting some "unknown" photographs from my collection starting with this tintype of a little boy. His cheeks have been lightly tinted pink and his hair has been puffed up in the front, a hairstyle fairly common for young boys in the 60's.

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Clint and Myrtle Young 1890's, Lincoln, Nebraska

"Mr. Clint Young
Bethany (?) R1"

With the help of, I identified this couple as Clint and Myrtle Young of Lincoln, Nebraska. Clint was a farmer born in Illinois. With Myrtle he had three children: Joie, Clifford, and Pearl.

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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mrs. W.J. Harris 1890's, Rose Hill, Kansas

According to her Find a Grave memorial, Ann Elizabeth Ratcliffe Harris had "No special gifts or peculiarities of mind or body. She was very easy to get along with and made many friends. For amusements she liked to read." and was a "Very active church member." It also says she had "Mumps, Measles in childhood. Dark brown hair, Straight hair, Blue eyes, Blond skin, Right handed. Heavier in old age. Chronic stomach trouble. Good hearing until last few years."

Her obituary reads:  "Mrs. W.J. Harris passed away Friday morning, May 3rd. In the passing away of Mrs. Harris another Land mark has been removed. She was a very active church worker all her life until the last few years. She could not get out but has always shown a great interest and was always asking about her church and regretting she could not help. She was the main factor in organizing the Ladies Aid Society and was the president from the time of its organizing in the eighties until the last few years and held an honorary office up to her death. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Pents.

Ann Elizabeth Ratcliffe was born in Geneva, New York. She passed away aged 80 years, 5 months and 2 days. She was married October 15, 1856 and moved to Illinois. They then moved to Topeka in 1877 and to Rose Hill in 1879, locating at the present home east of town. The following children survive: W.N. Harris, Mrs. Anna McWilliams, Miss Laura and Miss Sarah Harris, all of Rose Hill; Mrs. Ida Berry of Mecca, Indiana, Mrs. Emma Vickers of Wichita, J.M. Harris of Chicago."


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

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Jerry Worsham Whitman 1900's Bowie, Texas

Jerry Worsham Whitman was a merchant in Bowie, Texas. He was married to Leota Whitman and, according to his World War I Draft Registration Card, was tall with a medium build and brown eyes.

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

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sarah Margaret Borah 1890's Grinnell, Kansas

"grandpa Borah
we all called Him= Wife
where mother worked in 1891
The woman who lernt mother
to paint cenry (scenery) + do protrates (portraits) and
mother got good at it and later
painted several pictures and protrates of her grandpa and grandma
which I have to day. Mother
loved the old lady. and rode a bike
from home to Grinnell to be with
her at her death and funeral.
She was John Borah's grandmother."

The story on the back is what drew me to this picture. It makes me wonder where all those paintings are now and if they're still in the family. The woman sounds like she was rather remarkable and well-liked, especially if the writer's mother rode her bike all the way from home just to be with her at her death.

If you know who this may be, let us know in the comments. And a very happy Mother's Day to everyone!

Harvey Jones 1900's Cameron, Missouri

This is a photograph of Harvey Jones taken in Chicago by Klein, a photographer I know was at that address in the 1890's and 1900's. I couldn't find much on Mr. Jones, but someone else might be able to!

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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Caribou Monument 1920's, Bowring Park, Newfoundland

This Real Photo Postcard is of the Caribou Monument in Bowring Park, Newfoundland. The statue, a replica of the monument in Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, was unveiled on July 1st, 1928 as a tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives at the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

The monument was damaged by vandals last year, but was luckily repaired and returned to it's home in Bowring Park in November.

The Caribou Monument being returned to Bowring Park.
(© — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram)
I know this isn't the kind of photograph I usually post, but it was a picture from my collection that fit the prompt so well I had to share!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mrs. F.S. Adams 1890's-1900's, Waterville, Kansas

The back says:
 "To Edna
from Auntie,
M.J. Parker Adams

Mrs. F.S. Adams

I'm going to assume Mrs. F.S. Adams is the subject of this portrait. (If so, who are Edna and Auntie M.J.?) She is wearing a dress with large leg o' mutton sleeves that became popular in the mid-1890's into the late 1900's.

This doesn't exactly fit with this weeks prompt, but I thought I'd share it anyway!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Anne Peoples and Family, 1870's-1880's

 This tintype was found with the picture of Anne Peoples I posted back in June. I figured they were related in some way and noticed the two women looked very similar to the Anne in the first picture, especially the one on the far right.

Is one of these women Anne? If so, is the man her husband? Who are the children?
Unfortunately, there are no names, so there is no way of knowing for sure. What do you think?

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

Monday, March 3, 2014

Two Men Going for a Swim, 1930's

I haven't participated in Sepia Saturday in quite a while, though I'd like to get back in the habit of it! These men may not be sitting on any rocks, but they are enjoying the cool water of this lake. Makes me wish it was summer! Unfortunately, we don't have names for these two gentlemen.

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

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sue Whitman 1900's, Fort Worth, Texas

"Sue Whitman in graduation togs"

Sue is wearing a very flowery hat and a large fern corsage pinned to her front. I can't decide if her expression is grumpy or pensive.

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

Whitlow Family with their Dog 1920's

 "Kent, Altie, Vena, Manse, Jacks
Bro. (Happy Jackson) Irene, Vera,
Jack and little Bud,"

This is an interesting photo of a family and their dog taken in front of a home. It must have been sunny outside because everyone is squinting and covering their eyes! I'm not entirely sure if I've read the handwriting correctly, but if I have, they certainly have some unusual names, though unfortunately there is no last name.

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

Friday, January 3, 2014

Luella Robinson 1900's, Rockford, Ohio

This darling little girl is Luella Robinson, age 3 years. She is standing on a rather interesting chair that has only one arm. The flower-pattern border around the picture is unlike one I've seen before, though I think it's very pretty.

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