Lottie and Daisy

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

Sweet Swedes

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

A Drop in the Bucket

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

The Freibergers

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

Tuscarora City

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

Oh, Deer!

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!