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!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Laura P Smith 1898, Monmouth, Maine

Back reads:
 "Laura P Smith
MHS and A '98"

Laura Smith was born in 1879 in Monmouth, Maine to Abbie F Smith and Henry S Smith, a farmer. She had two older siblings, Annie C and Harry J. I'm going to guess this is a graduation photo, as she would have been about 19 when this was taken and MHS could be Monmouth High School. In 1910 she is living in Middlesex, Massachusetts with her uncle Charles W Smith and aunt Mary E Smith, as well as a cousin Helen, two lodgers, and Abbie F Smith, Charles's sister-in-law. Laura is working as a spring breaker in a watch factory. In 1920 she is lodging with George and Jannie Blake and she has become a bookkeeper at the watch factory. After that, I can't find any more about her.

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