Thursday, December 31, 2009

Photo Number Sixty-Eight


This is a Cabinet Card, Halvorsens was in business only two years 1886 and 1887.  This photo came from an Antique Shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.  Perhaps someone will be able to tell us more about the little girls shoes..are these the kind of shoes that you needed one of those button hooks for?  I wonder what the Gentleman did for a living?  Do the girls look like twins to you?  There isn't much difference in height and they are dressed exactly the same.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Photo Number Sixty-Seven



I call this one "Silk Stockings"..because I believe she is wearing silk ones.  They are very shiny.  This is a Real Photo Postcard an AZO with squares so it is from 1925 to the 1940's.  Stockings were very important to ladies back then..they weren't properly dressed without them.  Silk stocking were expensive.  Nylons first appeared at The Words Fair in New York in 1939.  During World War II 1939 to 1945  silk, nylon and rayon stockings were scarce. Silk was used for gun powder sacks, rayon and nylon were used for tents, parachutes, ropes and tires.  Woman sometimes resorted to putting makeup on their legs and drawing a line with their mascara down the back of their legs to simulate a seam in their pretend stockings.

I will date this photo 1939..I am curious what  the two pockets of material or tassels?? are for..are they just decoration..or do they serve a purpose?  They seem kind of strange ?  She is also holding something in her hands..but it just looks like a piece of paper.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Photo Number Sixty-Six



This is the last of my Holiday Photos..it will give me something to do over the next year..to look for more old Holiday Photos.  I have some that are winter scenes..we will get to them one of these days.
This is the Jim Albright Family..there are lots of Albrights down in the Frazee Minnesota area..my grandparents used to talk about their neighbors with the same last name.  I got this at the Antique Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota..  I will have to remember to ask my Mother if she knows these people! I will date this photo as 1950 or 1951.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Photo Number Sixty - Five



I call this one Lovingly, Ruthie.  It is probably from the late 1940's..Ruthie must have been off working someplace and could afford to send off her own Holiday Greeting.  I got this card from an Antique Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Photo Number Sixty - Four

Well, this is a little girl..with idiot mittens posing for a photo with a pedal car.  I think that the pedal car is a Fire Chief..I couldn't find any pedal cars exactly like this one to date the photo..but I am guessing that this is the 1940's.  Most pedal cars we made for children six to eight years old.. this little girl looks older than that..who ever got it as a gift was very lucky..perhaps it was for her little brother.

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Update: Feb 01, 2011 someone stopped by and left a comment:
It looks like a Garton "Hot Rod" pedal car. These were manufactured from 1952 into the 1960's. The bell was probably added on.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Photo Number Sixty-Three



A Christmas Greeting from Russ and Margret Leddy .. I found this fun greeting in my old box of photographs.
Merry Christmas to all the faithful readers, thank you for taking the time to leave comments.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Photo Number Sixty-Two


I missed posting a photo yesterday..the day just slipped by..busy time of year!   This family however looks so relaxed!  I left this photo as is.. Merry Xmas 1943 was crossed out at the bottom of the photo .apparently this family was offended that Christmas was shortened..so they took a pencil or a pen and covered it up.. I would have done the same thing!  No one but the lady of the house is even looking at the camera...I did note a familiar framed print in the background.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Photo Number Sixty-One


I thought this was a fun photo..it looks like these gals..and two guys way in the back had a great Christmas Party.  I will guess that this photo is from the late 1940's or early 1950's.  What do you think? Were they all sales women in a department store?  Several have some really stylish (wild) hats??  The gal that played Mrs. Santa certainly looks like she is a fun person..there are tiny bells along the edge of her skirt.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Photo Number Sixty


" Lady with a package." This photo was enlarged..it says so on the back and it is stamped June 26, 1951.  So it must be a photograph prior to 1950.  Those earrings are something else!  She might have had one of those Toni or Lilt Home Permanent Waves done too!
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-Nine


A Christmas  photo card from the past.. from Jan and her parents.  This must be from the late 1940's.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-Eight



Today I will begin sharing a few of the Christmas photographs that were in my box of photos.  I call this one "Boy with Santa"   This was probably some sort of promotional photograph..or perhaps it was one of the early Santa/Child photos.  Santa's suit was corduroy!

What I remember...from the 1950's..
 
In one of the nearby towns Santa was in one of the stores for a few Saturday afternoons just before Christmas..I do not recall that they took photographs, Santa handed out little tiny candy canes, I never sat on his lap either, I just stood there and rattled off my list while holding onto my brothers hand..when I was done I shoved him forward..if he didn't say anythng I told Santa what he wanted.  What do you remember?  Did you visit Santa with your list?
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-Seven


This looks a little like the  little boy that I featured yesterday..except this time he is outside helping to shovel snow.  It looks like he is dressed warm..but has no mittens. I will guess that this is also a late 1950's photo.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-Six


I call this one "Boy with Gun"..do you suppose he grew up to be a police officer?  Anyway.. I like his cap pistol..and it looks to me like he had a badge or a holster off to the left.   He has a little bit of a cow-lick..I will venture to guess that this photo was taken in the late 1950's.  My brother had one of these haircuts..I believe they were called a "heinie"..with your hair all sheared off..versus a "Butch" where they left a little more on top. My brother wore a cap for a long time..this little boy seems comfortable with his haircut.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-Five



Another bow tie kind of guy..this one from a much earlier time. I love this guys hair..it seems to have a life of it's own.  I think this is a farm kid..all dressed up in his best duds..who knows?
I will date this one about 1900..I am not getting any better at these dates..and I do so appreciate your input and help with the dates!
This was taken  by DW Bolton at Northwood, IA  I couldn't find out anything about the photographer.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-Four

I call this one "Family Gathering"   there are about thirty people in this photograph..this photo is very worn and faded.  I restored it to the best of my ability for now.   I love old Farmhouses like this one, the upstairs and the front porch..I will guess that this is a photo from around 1920. This house has some gingerbread trim on the porch.. a trim that I personally find very interesting.

Well thanks to Abra and her sleuthing around at an ancestry site when she can't sleep at night..we have our first success!!  Photo Number Fifty-One!!  Armed with the info that Abra gave me,   I did a search for the name she gave me and viola!  I found a newspaper article.. I just happened to have a phone book of that area.  The first person I called was the right guy.  I am sure he thought I was nuts..and sometimes I am a little nutty!  I spoke with his wife..they now have my phone number and we will meet with them sometime soon so that some of these photos can be with the people that will appreciate them the most..their families!  What a Christmas gift this is for me..my whacky idea actually worked. I hope that they will tell me more about Grace and Esther..if they do I will add the information to their photographs.
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Photo Number Fifty-Three


I call this one "The Bow Tie Guy"  ..what do you think 1930's or 1940's??  Is the pattern of the suit coat what they used to call Herringbone? I haven't a clue. He looks very studious..do you suppose he was a teacher or an accountant?
On a side note, often times when Far Guy and I are out and about..if we are stuck waiting someplace..we watch people and discuss what we think they did for a living.  It makes for some interesting conversations!
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*** Abra and Nancy both said this is a Houndstooth Suit Jacket. 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-Two


Early this morning when I read the comments from yesterday..I said "OH MY"  I have a connection.  This is a photo that I found in the box from the antique shop.  This is Mr and Mrs Voge  ..the first initial looks like a CJ could they be the Grandparents of Grace Photo Number Fifty one and Esther Photo Number Four?  There is a Bertha notation..could that be a name..or is it the name of the town they lived near..as there is a Bertha Minnesota.   Maybe Abra the sweetie that she is will find out.. doncha just love how this mystery is unfolding?  ( I have known and have had the pleasure of knowing Abra for almost two years now..she is a blogging friend)
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*** Abra was able to find out the Karl Johan ( Charlie) and Mathilda were Uncle and Aunt to Esther and Grace. 
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Update: This photo went full circle July 02, 2010  Full Circle Seven:) 

Friday, December 11, 2009

Photo Number Fifty-One


This is a postcard..an AZO one from 1918 to 1930.  Someone has written "Grace" on the back.   She looks very much like the person Esther  that married Walter Davison in Photo Number Four.   Perhaps her middle name was Grace?  Or perhaps she had a sister named Grace..or perhaps this photo  post card went to a person named Grace.  Who knows..perhaps Abra will run the name again..and see if Esthers middle name was Grace!
The neckline on this dress was altered..it must have been too low cut..so an inset was added!
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*** Update Sunday December 13, 2009  I have located and spoke with Grace's son and daughter in law..we will be getting together so that they can look through all of my photos..success at last ..some photos are finding their proper home!! 
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Update: This is not Grace, but it is one of her sisters..either Esther or Bertha.  This photo went Full Circle on July 02, 2010 .. Full Circle Seven :)  

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Photo Number Fifty


A busy day today..but I am finally here!  Carl Thiel was a former actor turned photographer in Duluth, Minnesota..down on the Ingalls Block. This is a cabinet card and this photo was taken sometime between 1887 and 1901.   I was intrigued with her  " nose spectacles"  this type of frame is called Pince-nez. ..the spectacles were on a chain that could be reeled into an eyeglass holder that was pinned to your dress.  I got held up when I was reading about early glasses..about how some people felt that glasses were something to be ashamed of and they felt out of whack ..and only wore glasses in private.   I have worn glasses all my life, I don't think I ever could see..even as a small child.  I rarely take my glass off..I wear them even at night..that way if I wake up and need to see something ..I can!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Photo Number Forty-Nine


This is Mamie..or at least that is what it says on the back of the photo.  This photo is on hard card stock and was trimmed by the photographer into this shape.
She is beautiful, I love her curls..it's seems they have her all fenced in with the furniture..perhaps it helped to steady her so she would not move too much.   I will just guess at a 1910 date for this one..

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Photo Number Forty-Eight


This is a pair.

I purchased these in an Antique Shop.  They are strange..they are almost half photograph and half ink drawing.  I don't quite know how else to explain them.   Has anyone seen anything like these? (Click to enlarge)

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Photo Number Forty-Seven


Clifford  M. Hursh and P.C. Hursh  are the names written on the back of this photo..with a fountain pen.   This photo could have been taken just about anywhere yet I suspect that it was taken in Minnesota..because of the clump Birch trees.  I will guess that this photo was taken around 1945.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Photo Number Forty-Six


Kathryn at 3 1/2 and Alice Mae at 8 months.   I think this photo was probably taken in the late 1940's.  It seemed to be a trend back then to photograph your children in the doorway outside, at least there was a blanket to sit on..do you suppose that they did this because they ran out of flashbulbs? Or did they just want an outdoor photo taken after a long winter?
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Photo Number Forty-Five


I have two of these photos, both have writing on the back in the same hand.

 "Mutt and Jeff"  I look like a freak in this picture  Ham

Doesn't Thatcher look thin?  Amy  What do you think of "Your Brothers?"

One of the photos had been folded into tiny squares...I recall men wearing suit coats with their bib overhauls in the 1950's.  I don't quite to know what to make of this photo..at first glance I thought it was a man and a woman..but maybe not.  What do you think?
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Photo Number Forty-Four


Look at these huge sleeves!  The mutton sleeves were first seen in 1824, but made a comeback in the 1890's. Sometimes they were called Leg of Mutton sleeves.   This photo was taken in 1898 or 1899 at the Shepherd Studio in St. Paul Minnesota.  I like their wicker furniture!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Photo Number Forty -Three


This is probably Ruth..but she might be Gladys.


I believe that this photo was probably taken in the 1940's.  The Bawden Studio in St. Paul is elusive..I ran into a brick wall with this one.
 Graduation Photo?
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Photo Number Forty-Two



I call this one "1950's baby"   I do remember little boys having these one piece outfits..blue on the bottom, white on the top and some little Teddy Bear or Rocking Horse on the front.  It was a tradition in the 1950's to take a photo of your children on their first birthday at a photography studio..it was like a rite of passage.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Photo Number Forty-One


This gal has a friend named Agnes.  This is a Real Photo Postcard.   This was a very interesting era in photography..you could have a postcard made out of any photo beginning about 1903. Kodak was instrumental in this process.

Someone cut the edges of the photo off..and in doing so part of the message is gone.  This card was never mailed..perhaps it was hand delivered to Agnes.  This Real Photo Postcard dates from 1904 to 1918.
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