Another wonderful image from Heather of _wherethewillowsgrow_ . The young woman in this carte de visite sat for her portrait in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Based on the small bit of fashion visible in the photo her image was captured in the 1870s. Miss Florence Condit, the name penned on the reverse, lived in Centralia, Illinois, … More Florence Condit
I love the soutache braid design on this sitter’s bodice and the large brooch which appears to be made of carved shell. Although, to me, the best part and the reason I bought this photo is the identification written on the reverse! Alice was the daughter of Thomas and Selina (nee King) Hepperly. The family … More The Higher the Hair
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
Recently, I happened upon a tintype of a gentleman posed next to a small, decorative table. Written on the front of the paper sleeve frame is “Mr. John Pease.” I immediately recognized the table as one in a photo already in my collection. In an earlier post, I featured a carte de visite of Sophia Germann. … More Would the real John Pease, please stand up.