Our sitter in this 1860s ambrotype photo is Mrs. Jemima P. (Goodfellow) Brittain. When she died in 1905, at the age of 93, she was the oldest woman in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Miss Jemima Goodfellow married Alem Brittain, a Methodist Reverend, in 1834. She was the mother of eight children. Thanks to the detail oriented individual … More Vigorous for her Age
Spoiler…I’ve since found proof that this is not Sarah (Thomas) Selleck but I’m leaving this post as it was originally written. Click here to see a photo of the true Sarah. This cased ambrotype was picked up by a fellow collector in Connecticut. I loved the subject’s expression and pose and decided to add it … More Sarah A. Thomas…Is it you?
I admired this cased ambrotype, along with a smaller, cased tintype (shown at the end of this post), for at least a year, as they sat listed on etsy. The seller mistakenly identified the sitter as William Wallace. He overlooked the next word, which I came to discover was the surname of Hungerford. William Wallace Hungerford … More Living with Hoboes
During a trip to a local antique mall, I was excited to see quite a few newly offered antique photo albums, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerrotypes. That excitement grew by leaps and bounds when I flipped through the albums and discovered that they came from the same family. It was a dream find!