Disembodied Hand

I picked up this identified CDV from Heather on Instagram.  If you love old photos you should visit her account _wherethewillowsgrow_ .  Writing on the reverse reads “Mrs. Carolyn Bradley.” Click on the above image to view full size Based on the scratches (or what are often referred to as wipes) in the portrait I … More Disembodied Hand

Pearl Leora Waterson

These lovely portraits of Pearl Leora Waterson were found with family photos that once belonged to Pearl’s sister, Fern (Waterson) Hardenburg.  The image above is my favorite.  I feel as if Pearl is looking right through me. Pearl was born in Olivet, Michigan on Feb. 7, 1889, and was the oldest of three children born … More Pearl Leora Waterson

Good Golly Miss Mollie

This carte de visite (cdv) was found among a group of vintage photos that once belonged to Mrs. Jimmie (McDougale) Brashier.  Written on the back is “Mollie Hart Richburg Gray.”  There is no photographer or location noted which is why it’s a good thing these photos managed to stay together.  I had no luck identifying … More Good Golly Miss Mollie

Foot Soldier

This sitter’s intense gaze is what caught my attention.  He is identified on the reverse of this carte de visite as Mr. L.G. Fisher.  From the other notations (see below) it appears this image was sent to a photographer to be enlarged.  I suspect it was for use at his funeral. Born in 1836, Linas … More Foot Soldier

Unsolved Mysteries

I picked up this carte de visite (cdv) in Wisconsin.  The photographer, Austin Kracaw, was an immigrant from Germany and operated a studio in Washington, Iowa from 1865 to 1875.  The name James McClenon is written on the reverse of this cdv.  I wasn’t able to identify this sitter; however, I’d like to talk about … More Unsolved Mysteries

The Compositor

Jennie Murray was born about 1859 in Brooklyn, New York.  She came with her parents, John and Jermana (nee Griffith) Murray, to Milwaukee sometime before the 1870 census records were collected.  Her father was an immigrant from Scotland who worked as a sailor and a watchman. At the age of 22, Jennie married William Hawkins … More The Compositor