Farm Shop Boys

I couldn’t pass up this wonderful 1938 snapshot of the Purdue University Farm Shop students.  All are identified by surname on the reverse.  It was a fun challenge!  Click on the image above to view it much larger and catch all the faces and details! There were only three individuals I wasn’t able to identify; … More Farm Shop Boys

Greetings from Alaska

I found this old photo in an antique mall in Auburn, Indiana.  My Grandmother was a Mary Louise so this had to come home with me.  I suspected it was a vacation photo and didn’t have high hopes of identifying the sitter. Fortunately, I was wrong.  The first Mary Louise Heller I located on ancestry … More Greetings from Alaska

The Glass of Fashion and the Mould of Form

I couldn’t resist purchasing this carte de visite.  After all, Charles and Eliza Nestel were from my hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  They are buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, also the resting place of my Great Grandparents, Chester and Grace Shenfeld. The cdv photographer, Norval Busey, opened his Baltimore, Maryland studio on Charles Street, in 1870, when … More The Glass of Fashion and the Mould of Form

Kirkley’s Snap Shot

This cabinet card was found in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The sitter was James Buchanan Kirkley, born April 15, 1856, in Indiana.  His image was captured by Felix Schanz, a native of France, who came to Fort Wayne in the 1880s.  According to the following article, Schanz’ studio, at 112 Calhoun, opened in 1889. James Kirkley … More Kirkley’s Snap Shot

The Undertaker’s Wife

In 1896, Maggie Estella Holder, 17, married Charles Luther Thornburg, 21, and the couple settled in Farmland, Randolph County, Indiana.  Luther, as he was best known, was a farmer, but had a “hankering” to become an undertaker.  In 1904, he bought the undertaking business of W.B. Meeks, and thus began Thornburg’s career as a mortician.  … More The Undertaker’s Wife

The Artist

This is a tintype that has been hand-colored.  It was found in Markle, Indiana.  Written on the reverse is “Mrs. Sarah Huff, Artist, Leavensworth (sic), Ind.” Based on the young woman’s fashion, I loosely date this photo as being taken in the 1870s.  This is a curious case, as there were several women named Sarah … More The Artist