Marie Brooks might not have been wearing literal short shorts, (a song by The Royal Teens in 1957 and featured in Nair commercials in the 1970s and 80s), but I say her outfit counts which makes her a woman ahead of her time. Here she is in the late 1940s at 523 N. Franklin, Marshall, … More Who Wears Short Shorts?
Miss Berenice Wheeler was an actress in the 1890s. It was her lovely, whimsical outfit that first caught my eye. This style of exaggerated sleeve was referred to as leg-o-mutton, or gigot in France, and it was all the rage at the time. However, Berenice’s dress brought a much earlier fashion to mind. As you … More Time Can Never Fade Thy Image
Lottie and Daisy Dale of Butler, Pennsylvania were sisters. They graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio in 1890 and 1891 respectively. The word “Athenaeum” is written on the reverse of the cabinet card photos and references a literary society at the university. The girls’ father, David, was an oil producer. About 1907 the … More Lottie and Daisy
How I wish I knew the identities of the young women featured in this RPPC (real picture postcard.) I love the half posed half candid nature of the photo. According to a penciled notation on the back, this moment in time was captured on July 4 in Alzada. “Mona – 10 Here’s the picture of … More Sweet Swedes
Will Walker is such a common name. It’s a good thing the author of the writing on the back of this framed photo booth picture included a location. Still, much of Mr. Walker’s life is a mystery. Born on February 13, 1880, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Will was living in Phoenix, Arizona before he landed in … More A Drop in the Bucket
These vintage snapshots were found together. Winslow Deruke on the left and Stella and John Kotecki on the right. Without the last name given, it wasn’t easy to identify our sitter. But I found Leo Winslow Derucke in the 1915 Jersey City directory residing at 143 Hopkins Ave. Winslow was 24 years old at the … More The Kotecki Cliffhanger
Thomas Freiberger and Anna (nee Brockmann) on their wedding day, May 18, 1921, in Casco, Missouri. Luckily, this was found among photos which provided a general location that the identifying writing did not. It appears Thomas has scarring on his face and hands which might have been the result of serious burns. However, I wasn’t … More The Freibergers
Henry C. Thee, 31, of Warrenton, Missouri, and Adelia (nee Meyers), 20, of Washington, Missouri tied the knot in 1929 at the St. Peter’s Parsonage. This wedding day photo sure paints a grim picture of the couples’ affection. Yikes! Let’s hope they were head over heels in love and what we are seeing here is … More How I Love Thee…or not
Miss Sadie Deck was born in 1856 and grew up a farmer’s daughter near Martinsburg, West Virginia. Unlike her brother and five sisters who lived long lives, Sadie’s days on this earth were short. I struggled with this identification because I could not find Tuscarora City, Virginia. It wasn’t until I took my search to … More Tuscarora City
I looked at this vintage photograph and my eye was immediately drawn to Mollie’s expression and then to Johnnie’s pipe. My partner picked it up and said “an albino deer.” I hadn’t noticed the deer. haha! Mollie Butz and Johnnie Hornby Jr. were married on Christmas Eve in 1922 in Lincoln, Nebraska. John was a … More Oh, Deer!