Play it by Ear

Our sitter looks to be in her early teens and based on the young woman’s fashion I date this CDV (carte de visite) to the early 1870s.  The photographer, Luman F. Heath, operated studios in Lansing and North Lansing from 1865 to 1903. I believe the writing penned on the reverse reads “Clara Keith” although … More Play it by Ear

Susie Who

Although I was unable to identify this carte de visite (CDV) I wanted to share it in case a relative might someday happen upon it.  Written on the reverse “Susie died July 6th 1867.”  The photographer was Thompson Gallery in Albany, New York. Known as The Sun Picture Tax, the government placed a luxury tax on … More Susie Who

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

Clara Wright

This cabinet card was found among others featuring students from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Charles BoDurtha operated his photography studio in the university town of Delaware.  The young woman is identified on the reverse as Clara Wright of Tinney, Ohio. Clara Finette Wright was born about 1874.  Census records tell us that Clara and her parents, … More Clara Wright

Florence Condit

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

Fannie Champlin

The polka dot dress!  The swiss waist belt!  I swooned when I saw this lovely CDV photograph.  Written at the bottom is “Yours Truly Fannie I. Champlin.” Frances “Fannie” was born in Montville, Connecticut in 1850.  She was the daughter of Frances Elizabeth (Smith) and Captain Frederick W. Champlin, a seaman.  By the time this … More Fannie Champlin

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

Deserted

This young man is identified as Ed Davison.  The photographer, Henry James Stevenson, opened his first photo gallery about 1895 in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory.  If you’d like to learn more about Oklahoma before it became a state, check out what the Oklahoma Historical Society has to say. Disappointingly, I didn’t find any records or … More Deserted